Sept. 20, 2009
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CHICAGO -- As raindrops and darkness fell on Wish Field, DePaul's Antonio Aguilar bent a free kick inside the far post for the golden goal as the Blue Demons (4-3, 1-1 BIG EAST) claimed a 2-1 double-overtime victory Sunday afternoon over Marquette (1-4-1, 0-1-1 BIG EAST).
After an uneventful first half, freshman forward Chris Madsen provided the Golden Eagles the spark they needed late in the second period. Michael Greene sent a beautifully played through ball that Madsen chased to the corner. Madsen beat one defender and chipped it over the head of the DePaul goalkeeper to give MU a 1-0 lead in the 83rd minute.
DePaul retaliated with the equalizer just one minute, six seconds later when Antonio Aguilar split two defenders and fired a shot from the top of the box that escaped the reach of MU keeper Matt Pyzdrowski to make it 1-1.
With less than three minutes remaining in double overtime, MU defender Paul Monsen was whistled for a foul that set up Aguilar's direct free kick just outside the right side of the box.
Both teams shared possession in the first half while neither side was able to materialize an organized attack. DePaul was listed as taking four of the five shots that were credited in the half, although each squad appeared to have at a least a handful of half chances that they were not able to capitalize on.
A pair of headers by the Blue Demons taken just outside the six-yard box were perhaps the closest either team was to scoring in the first period, but both shot attempts sailed wide of the goal. The lone shot credited to the Golden Eagles was taken by junior midfielder Matt Stummer that flew over the crossbar in the 13th minute.
Both teams came out in the second half with a better sense of urgency. In the 77th minute, Adam Lysak put a shot on goal that was blocked by a DePaul defender. In the 81st minute, the Golden Eagles built another attack that cumulated in a point-blank strike by Calum Mallace from the top of the box that was saved by the DePaul keeper.
DePaul was without midfield Steffen Vroom, the reigning NSCAA/adidas National Player of the Week. Vroom was injured in the Blue Demons' 2-1 loss to Notre Dame on Friday. Meanwhile, the Golden Eagles were without senior defender Billy Von Rueden, who had picked up a pair of yellow cards Friday at USF. Von Rueden had played in every game since his freshman season before tonight.
Marquette returns home to Valley Fields to host a pair of BIG EAST teams next weekend. On Friday, Sept. 25, the Golden Eagles will host Cincinnati (7:05 p.m.) then come back Sunday, Sept. 27, to play Louisville (2:05 p.m.).