Lea Høiness and team

Lea Høiness and teammates celebrate after Høiness’ goal that put the Jays ahead in their win over DePaul. The go-ahead goal was her first of the season.

In a come from behind 2-1 win, women’s soccer defeated DePaul in its final home game on Sunday afternoon.

The win marks the Jays’ fourth consecutive victory, evening their record after starting the season with four straight losses.

“What’s changed? I just think we’re getting stronger,” coach Ross Paule said. “Everybody that steps on the field knows their role, works very hard within that role, and they’ve had the confidence to make each other better.”

DePaul caught Creighton off guard, scoring in the fifth minute and holding its 1-0 lead into the half off of what would be its only on-target shot of the game.

The Bluejays bounced back strong in the second 45, led by sophomore forward and last season’s Big East freshman player of the year, Skylar Heinrich.

Five minutes into the half, Heinrich drew a penalty, which sophomore midfielder Aida Kardovic tucked away, her third successful penalty kick in the last four games.

Heinrich also tallied an assist with freshman defender Maddie Radke to set up sophomore forward Lea Høiness’ go-ahead goal in the 69th minute.

After holding off the Blue Demons for the last 21 minutes, the Jays celebrated the victory as revenge for the 2-1 OT loss they suffered in the reverse fixture on March 14.

“Skylar is doing so much for us off the ball. Most people see her just as a prolific goal scorer, but she’s becoming much much more than that,” Paule said.

It was a bittersweet win for Bluejay seniors – midfielder Keelie Fothergill, forward Juelle Love, defender Josie Clough and goalkeeper Katie Sullivan – who played their final home games of their undergraduate careers.

Just three days earlier, the Jays won another close match as they took down Marquette on the road in a 2-1 overtime game.

After a Golden Eagle first-half goal, Kardovich once again tied the game at one by way of penalty kick, just three minutes after the Bluejays fell behind. After a deadlock through regulation, Kardovich contributed again, opening the door for junior midfielder Ainsely Atkinson to hit a goal from 25 yards out just one minute into the extra time.

Kardovich earned Big East player of the week for her efforts against Marquette and DePaul.

Also meriting Big East honors was Radke, who was named both the conference defensive and freshman player of the week.

The Jays streak ended Thursday afternoon with a 2-1 loss at Butler, but the team continues its season next week in the Big East Tournament in Providence, Rhode Island.

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