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Titans Light Up Blue Devils, 5-0

Published: August 23, 2017

Titans Light Up Blue Devils, 5-0

DETROIT (8/23/2017) -- Five different Titans scored goals and the defense was stout again as the University of Detroit Mercy women's soccer team cruised past Lawrence Tech, 5-0, on Wednesday afternoon at Titan Field.

The Titan offense outshot LTU, 28-2, as the red, white and blue ran its shutout streak to three-straight games, a school record to start a season.

Senior Rachel DeLuca led the offense with a goal and two assists for a career-best four points, and junior Marina Manzo needed just two saves in net.

Detroit Mercy will now have a week off before playing three games in five days next week, starting with a trip to Pittsburgh next Wednesday, Aug. 30.

First Half

  • The Titans came out firing with 11 shots in the first half and holding Lawrence Tech to no shot attempts.
  • DeLuca started the offensive barrage beating the keeper just seven minutes into the game. 
  • Nearly two minutes later, freshman Rachel Russo notched her fourth goal in two games taking a pass from freshman Rima Youssef and burying it in the net.
  • The Titans third goal in the first half came from junior Caitlin Carroll as DeLuca set her up off a corner kick and she was able to head it in at the 35:22 mark. 

Second Half
  • DeLuca was the instigator again as she played a ball into the box that found senior Phylisha Drayton and the upperclassman was able to knock it in from the far post with 56:06 on the clock. 
  • The final marker saw a pair of rookies working together as Olivia Parra got possession off a corner kick and got the ball to Kelli Doyle, who headed in her first collegiate goal to give the Titans a 5-0 lead with just over 30 minutes left. 

Key Stats
  • This was the first-ever meeting between the two school, located just 8.6 miles apart.
  • The Titans, who were outshot 26-13 in the first two games, did the shooting today to the tune of a 28-2 margin.
  • The 28 shots were the most since posting a school-record 41 against Marygrove on Oct. 7, 2013.
  • The five goals were the most since beating Youngstown State, 5-1, last season. 
  • The third-straight shutout to start the season is a school best. The previous high was two in 1997 when the Titans defeated Green Bay, 5-0, and Washington State, 4-0.
  • The three-straight shutouts are the most since posting three-straight in 2015 with wins over Eastern Michigan (1-0) and Green Bay (5-0) and tying Fort Wayne (0-0). 
  • Detroit Mercy is 21-1 all-time against current non-Division I schools, with 18-straight victories. 
  • DeLuca's two assists were a career high as were her four points, besting the three points she had on a goal and an assist against Youngstown State last season. 
  • Drayton now has 10 career goals. 


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