“We’re building on that collective sense of theme — the guys believe in each other and what they’re doing,” DePaul head coach Craig Blazer said. “Today, we passed it a lot more, dealing with Michigan’s quality attack and we’re very pleased to be leaving here with a shutout.”
Both teams carried a scoreless tie into halftime, with Michigan outshooting DePaul 6-4 and holding a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks. The second half opened up even more scoring chances for the Wolverines, as they at one point held a 13-4 shot advantage in the 76th minute.
“The game was fast and we were challenged — we had some very positive offensive opportunities that did not end up with shots and actually ended up getting us in transition,” Blazers said. “We got stretched out a bit in the second half, however offensively, we did have some spells that got us six quality shots on goal.”
Despite being outshot by a considerable margin, DePaul maintained a firm defensive side, anchored by fifth-year senior Eric Sorby in goal.
“Eric Sorby came up with one outstanding one-on-one shot save in the second half, and he would probably be our man of the match,” Blazer said.
Blazer noted many of Michigan’s shots were from restarts and transitions, which he said his team needs to do a better job of denying and recognizing when the opposition is set to make a run.
The Blue Demons’ first regular season test comes Friday at home, when they take on Green Bay at Wish Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. CT.
“We have some things to work at,” Blazer said, “but we’re pleased that we’re seeing development and progress.”