Oct. 3, 2013
CHICAGO, ILL. - Despite limiting the host Blue Demons to just three shots on net in over 90 minutes of play, the Seton Hall women's soccer team came up just short in its attempt to extend its unbeaten streak on Thursday afternoon, falling to DePaul, 1-0, on a game-winner that came off a broken play early in the first extra period.
The result snaps a three-game winning streak for Seton Hall (4-6-2, 2-1-0) and is the first defeat the Pirates have endured in their last eight overtime games.
SHU had posted a 5-0-2 record in its last seven matches that went beyond regulation.
Much of The Hall's offense was orchestrated from the back as six of the team's 10 shot attempts came from players who primarily occupy defensive roles.
First half substitute Alexis Urbanski (Aberdeen, N.J.) registered the Pirates' first shot of the day just three minutes after coming on, forcing DePaul goalkeeper Alejandria Godinez to make the first of five saves she would need to come up with on the afternoon.
In the 37th minute, sophomore D'Yonna Riley (Washingtonville, N.Y.) used a nifty touch to get by her defender and into space on the right wing, but her shot was gobbled up by Godinez as well. Riley forced another stop before the whistle blew for intermission and even though they were outshot, 6-3, in the period, the Pirates took a 3-0 edge in attempts on target into the break.
Seton Hall's first bona-fide chance of the second half came off a counter attack engineered by senior Ashley Clarke (Paramus, N.J.) in the 59th minute. Clarke won the ball in the SHU defensive half and pushed it ahead to classmate Katie Ritter (Hagerstown, Md.). Following a series of passes, Amie Ruhe (Monrovia, Md.) found herself in possession near the top of the area but the DePaul defense closed down her opportunity and her shot was blocked.
The Hall only managed one attempt over the next half hour before mounting a charge late in regulation that saw the Pirates nearly snatch three points from the hosts. Over the final two minutes of the half, Clarke and Urbanski each fired a shot and with less than 10 seconds remaining, senior Meghan Hayes (Fredon, N.J.) put an effort on net, calling Godinez into action once again to keep the Blue Demons alive.
The late push did not yield a winner however and as overtime began, play was tilted towards the DePaul attacking third. SHU goalkeeper Jennifer Pettigrew (Kearny, N.J.) came up with her second stop of the game just over two minutes into extra time but less than a minute later, a deflection off a blocked shot that came from a corner kick fell to DPU's Rachel Pitman; who found the back of the net to give the Blue Demons (7-2-2, 1-1-1) their first BIG EAST victory of the year.
DePaul is now unbeaten with only three goals allowed in five home appearances while the Pirates are still in search of their first road win. The Seton Hall defense continued to be sound in defeat as the Blue Demons only managed three shots on net, bringing the total for The Hall's three conference opponents to this point to a mere 10.
The team has also now allowed one goal or less in five of its last six contests.
Seton Hall returns home on Sunday, October 6 when they will look to pick up pivotal points against the visiting Creighton Bluejays. Start-time is set for 1:00 p.m. for the inaugural meeting between the two programs and the game serve as a "Give N Go" event, part of the Pirates' partnership with Sports Equipment Neighborhood Drive (SEND).
Fans coming out to Owen T. Carroll Field on that day are encouraged to bring lightly used soccer equipment that SEND will collect and redistribute to children in need. Equipment needed includes cleats, shin guards, jerseys, shorts, training cones, and soccer balls. All fans that donate will receive a Seton Hall Athletics gift at the collection table in return. For more information on SEND and its initiatives, click here.