The blue demons held back by the red storm


QUEENS, NY – DePaul women’s soccer went scoreless in Queens, NY, in a 1-0 loss to St. John’s on Sunday afternoon. After a goal from Red Storm in the first half, the Blue Demons tried to mount an offensive rally in the second half, but St. John’s managed to fend off the surge for the BIG EAST victory.

St. John’s was able to take the lead on an Ava Collins goal in the sixth minute. The goal came on a high shot from Collins from the top of the box. The goal came on one of four shots the Red Storm landed at half-time. Meanwhile, the Blue Demons made six shots in the first half, but Red Storm goalie Naya Lipkens made five saves.

In the second half, the Blue Demons continued the offensive effort. At the 60th minute, Olivia cooke sent a low shot on target which was deflected by Lipkens. Katie godden attempted the rebound but the ball was blocked and the Blue Demons were refused. Minutes later Grace phillpotts drawn in a high cross which was found by Brooke Weitzel in the box. Weitzel’s header from a dangerous spot was deflected and the Blue Demons were denied on the corner that followed.

In the 72nd minute, the Blue Demons lined up a free kick just outside the box. The Blue Demons’ attempt was blocked and the deflection ball race ended with Lipkens ending DePaul’s luck. A few minutes later at the other end, Mollie Eriksson charged for a ball on the St. John’s offense and a long shot at the goal deflected from the goal post. The missed opportunity for the Red Storm kept the score 1-0.

As time goes by, the Blue Demons find their best opportunity to score. Beth smyth found a deep ball that had been strung behind the defense but his shot from inside the box was saved by Lipkens. The St. John’s goalie made a total of 12 saves and the Red Storm held on for the BIG EAST victory.


  • The Blue Demons dominated St. John’s 17-7 and had 12 attempts on goal against four for St. John’s. However, Lipkens and the rest of the St. John’s defense kept the Blue Demons on the sidelines.
  • DePaul totaled six corners over St. John’s.
  • Blue Demon forward Oliva Cooke had a record six shots, including four on goal. Cooke failed to find the back of the net after scoring his first career goal last weekend.


DePaul stays on the road for his second conference clash, a duel with Georgetown on Thursday, September 30 at 3 p.m. CT. The Blue Demons return to Wish Field on Sunday October 3 to welcome Villanova.

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