DePaul defeats eastern Illinois in 3-0 win
CHICAGO – Women’s football DePaul returned to the winning column on Saturday afternoon, overtaking Eastern Illinois on Alumni Day, 3-0. A goal in the first half of Olivia cooke and strikes in the second half of Kristin boos and Morgane Turner were enough to seal a convincing victory for DePaul.
“I’m really happy that we scored three goals at home on Alumni Day to get this victory in our last non-conference game,” said the head coach. Michèle O’Brien. “We came out a bit slow, but we were able to run our chances once we got into the flow of things.”
After being held scoreless for four straight games against tough non-conference opponents, the Blue Demons tried to synchronize the attack on Saturday afternoon. While both teams found their places early on, DePaul sought to muster some quality offensive chances. At the 38th minute, Ellie Vison found a lobed ball in the upper part of the attacking surface. She shot with a header but the ball hit the left post and bounced back out of harm’s way.
A few minutes later, the Blue Demons were able to convert. Boos played a long through pass to Cooke who ran a long run, found the ball and took a home shot to put the Blue Demons on the board. Cooke’s goal was the first of his career which included three seasons at USF. After starting the season in a defensive role, Cooke has become an offensive option for the Blue Demons.
After entering halftime with a 1-0 lead, the Blue Demons came out of the break with an urge to pull away. At the 50th minute, Grace phillpotts played a perfect ball towards Boos who locked the ball in and hit in an arched shot to make it 2-0. Boos’ goal was his first of the season after starting the fall battling an injury.
Less than 20 minutes later, Phillpotts created another opportunity with a superb lob pass. This time around, the second-year defenseman found Turner at the back post for a header that found the back of the net. Turner’s 67th-minute goal made it 3-0.
DePaul held on to wrap up the win, giving the Blue Demons their second home win of the season. The scoring explosion was needed after DePaul was stifled by tough opponents out of conference for the past two weeks.
“This win was a great end to our last non-conference game,” said O’Brien. “We will have a week to prepare for the conference game next weekend and we are excited to play a really competitive BIG EAST schedule. “
- Cooke’s goal was his collegiate first strike in 33 action games between USF and DePaul.
- Boos’ strike was the junior’s first since a goal against Creighton earlier this spring in the 2020-21 season. Boos scored three times in his freshman in 2019.
- Turner extended his team lead in scoring, scoring his fourth goal of the season. The Blue Demons are now 3-0 this season when Turner finds the back of the net.
- Goalkeeper Mollie Eriksson and the rest of the defense had their third shutout of the season. Each of the Blue Demons’ three wins this season has been a shutout. Eriksson made three saves in Saturday’s win.
DePaul will start the BIG EAST game next weekend, heading to the East Coast to face St. John’s on Sunday, September 26th. The game is scheduled for 12 noon CT and will be broadcast on the BIG EAST digital network presented by FloSports.
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