EVANSTON, Ill. -- Two second-half goals by senior Antonio Aguilar and a strong defensive effort lifted DePaul to its first shutout of the season in a 2-0 victory against cross-town Northwestern on Wednesday. The Blue Demons handed the Wildcats their first loss of 2012.

In the opening frame, the Blue Demons (3-5-1) and Wildcats (6-1-2) played a very even contest.

“We played a very good first half and gave ourselves a chance to win,” DePaul head coach Craig Blazer said. “Having a positive first half coming off a disappointing loss on Saturday carried a lot of weight.”

In the first 45 minutes, the Blue Demons allowed just three shots—one on goal—to the previously undefeated Wildcats.

“We defended well. We were emotionally engaged,” Blazer said. “We had good possession and good scoring opportunities.”

Shots 12 6
Corner Kicks 2 2
Saves 2 3

It was in the second half, however, that the Blue Demons made their mark on the contest. After DePaul pepped the Northwestern defense with shots, it was Aguilar who came up big.

With the NU goalkeeper out of position in the 65th minute, Aguilar blasted a shot from 12 yards out to give the Blue Demons the 1-0 edge.

Just a few minutes later, junior Ray De Leon delivered a shot on goal but Northwestern’s Tyler Miller fought it off.

In the 76th minute, Aguilar struck again. This time, Aguilar took a shot from 10 yards out to the opposite post to give DePaul the insurance goal it was looking for.

“Tony [Aguilar] and Ray had a huge impact on the game,” Blazer said. “Tony’s two goals were great individual efforts but the collective effort by the entire team was something we’ve looked for all year and tonight we got it. It was the most complete game we’ve had and against a very good Northwestern team.”