October 9, 2012
SAVING THE DAY
Blincow’s first goal gives DePaul a tie with Valparaiso
CHICAGO - Jared Blincow scored in the 75th minute to give DePaul a 1-1 double-overtime tie with Valparaiso Tuesday at Wish Field.
In the 75th minute, Blincow snagged a rebound off of Valparaiso goalkeeper Kyle Zopeck inside the box and scored the game-tying goal.
"I'm always looking to score," Blincow said. "The ball dropped at my feet and it was the right place and right time, and I was able to put it into the net."
Crusader midfielder Charles Barden opened the scoring from 25 yards out in the 66th minute.
"We're disappointed we gave up the goal," Blazer said "It was from our lack of pressure on the ball."
After the pair of 10-minute overtime periods, DePaul walked off the field with a 3-8-2 overall record while Valparaiso is now 1-6-4. DePaul had the lone shot on goal in the two overtimes.
Despite the draw, both teams had several chances right at the beginning. Valparaiso totaled six shots by halftime including a shot on frame by midfielder Zev Taublieb. DePaul totaled four shots in the first half, with Antonio Aguilar and Brian Schultz each firing a shot on goal.
"From the season that we're having, we were encouraged with the first half-zeroes," Blazer said.
Zobeck was tested early in the second half by a shot on goal from DePaul midfielder Ray De Leon. Zobeck and DePaul goalkeeper Eric Sorby each had two saves in the second half.
Even though the Blue Demons were disappointed they weren't able to record a win, Blazer said: "We're encouraged with the fact that we did get the tying goal, and we feel like we're heading in the right direction."
The Blue Demons continue their season at 7 p.m. Friday with a Big East Conference match at Rutgers.