CHICAGO, Ill. - The Drake men's soccer team garnered a result in its showdown at DePaul (2-4-1) on Wednesday (Sept. 19) as the Bulldogs (1-6-2) and Blue Demons waged through 110 minutes before settling for a 1-1 double-overtime tie.
"Though we didn't get win No. 2 today, in many ways, it felt like a victory," Drake head coach Sean Holmes commented. "We gave up a silly goal very early in the game and for us to battle back in harsh and windy conditions was really terrific."
The Blue Demons took an early 1-0 advantage on a goal by Antonio Aguilar just 3:17 in the game.
The lead didn't last long as the Bulldogs were the beneficiaries of an own goal at the 10:50 mark that squared the affair at one.
Drake had scoring opportunities as six of its nine shots were blocked, including a pair off the foot of senior Michael Thaden (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) in double overtime.
"It was tough that we weren't able to get a penalty in overtime, but that is the nature of the game and in the end those things tend to even out," said Holmes.
Holmes offered praise to his defensive line for helping the Bulldogs come out of the game with a result.
"Other than some confusion early in the game I thought our back four of Kyle (Whigham), Garrett (Crall), Austin (Reutzel) and Alec (Bartlett) were very solid. Jon (Choda) also infused a lot of energy into our defensive effort in the second half."
DePaul outshot Drake in the game, 21-9, including 10-2 in the second half. The Bulldogs were paced by two shots from Thaden, while six other players recorded one shot apiece. A seven-shot performance from Aguilar led the Blue Demons.
"Coming off as challenging a weekend as we did in Omaha and to turn around after a long drive and put on this performance is really gratifying," Holmes explained. "I think this is the type game we can build on as we head to Memphis on Saturday."
Redshirt junior Rich Gallagher (Lake Bluff, Ill./Lake Forest Academy) collected a game-high six saves for the Bulldogs, while Eric Sorbey made one stop for DePaul.
"Once again we had a strong performance from Rich (Gallagher) in goal," said Holmes. "He's really been the cornerstone of our season thus far."
Drake closes it six-game road swing with a 7:00 p.m. tilt at Memphis on Saturday (Sept. 22).
"Everyone is relatively healthy and as long as we keep our chins up, I think we will be ready for the challenges that lie ahead in MVC play," stated Holmes.