DePaul women’s soccer advances to Big East championship

For the first time in team history, the women’s soccer team is advancing to the Big East championship.

The Blue Demons pulled off a massive upset Friday with a 1-0 win over No. 15/8 ranked Georgetown in the Big East semifinal at Marquette’s Valley Fields.  

Forward Erin Pekovitch scored the winning goal in the 68th minute, chipping in a shot from 20 yards away. It was set up from a throw-in by teammate Rachael Pitman and Pekovitch beat the opposing center for the goal.

The one goal was enough to beat a Georgetown team that outshot the Blue Demons 26-2.  The team’s success was in large part due to a remarkable defensive performance. 

Goalkeeper Alejandria Godinez, who was voted Big East’s goaltender of the year, had another top-notch outing, securing her ninth shutout of the season. Backline defenders Kylie Nordness, Rachel Pitman, Nina Kodros and Briana Ryce all contributed to keeping the Bulldogs scoreless.

Pekovitch’s goal was her fourth of the year. It couldn’t have come at a better time.

DePaul goes onto face the winner of Marquette-Seton Hall on Sunday at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time. The championship will be televised live on Fox Sports 1.