Aug 14, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. - Offense is a top priority this season, and it didn't take long for the Blue Demons to locate the back of the net.
Taking full advantage of a foul, Amber Paul scored on a free kick from 25 yards out in the 12th minute of Wednesday night's 3-2 exhibition loss to Northwestern at Lakeside Field.
DePaul was at its best at the beginning of each period.
Trailing 2-1 at halftime, the Blue Demons found the equalizer early in the second half. Rachel Pitman scored off an assist from Rebekah Roller in the 55th minute.
The host Wildcats led at halftime after scoring two goals in precisely two minutes at the end of the first half.
In the 42nd minute, Addie Steiner chipped in a shot over the top from 15 yards out. Exactly 120 seconds later, Natalie Lagunas scored for Northwestern.
Six minutes after Pitman's game-tying goal, Katie Landgrebe contributed to the mid-August fireworks with the winning goal that in the 61st minute.
"We put some really good things together from an attacking perspective," said DePaul women's soccer coach Erin Chastain. "The offense created some really good chances. We scored two good goals and earned a lot of corner kicks.
"There were some good things that happened for our first time out."
DePaul outshot NU 13-12 and both teams had five shots on goal. The Blue Demons came away with a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks. Elise Wyatt had four shots with one on goal while Paul had three shots with one on frame. Both of Ashleigh Goddard's shots were on goal as was Pitman's lone shot.
Chastain said the preseason match afforded DePaul a chance to get a look at both goalkeepers and to try different lineups.
"Two of their goals were the result of breakdowns that are easily fixable," Chastain said. "Overall, I was pleased with a lot of what I saw, and we know where our focus needs to be next week at training."
DePaul opens the regular season Aug. 23 with a road match at Valparaiso.