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Blue Demons Getting an Early Jump on Exhibition Season
Art Garza was named the top defensive player for the Blue Demons at the team awards dinner.

Art Garza was named the top defensive player for the Blue Demons at the team awards dinner.

Feb. 19, 2013

CHICAGO – DePaul men’s soccer is getting an early start to the 2013 exhibition spring season.

So early, in fact, that the Blue Demons’ exhibition season opener at Milwaukee on March 9th actually takes place during the winter quarter.

“We’re starting the whole process earlier than ever before,” DePaul coach Craig Blazer said about the eight-game exhibition season. “We’ve never had a game in the winter quarter. It will give these guys an opportunity to work together, play an early game and find out their roles and who we are as a team.

"After a three-week break, we’ll regroup for our spring schedule of seven games in April. We’re looking for steady improvement led by a group of academic seniors who have played and made contributions during their time here.”

DePaul will play a pair of 70-minute matches on April 7 against Valparaiso and Western Michigan at Notre Dame. The Blue Demons will face Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago on April 14 at the U. of Chicago.

April 20th is the Chicago Cup with DePaul opening against the host school, Loyola. A win puts the Blue Demons in the title game and a loss into the third-place game. The exhibition season concludes with an April 28 match at Marquette.

“We all want academic seniors like Thiago Ganancio, Michael Stankiewicz, Zach Forbes, Jared Blincow, Kyle Gustafson, Eric Sorby, Art Garza and Cale Hartle to finish off their careers with a winning season in the fall,” Blazer said. “I’m looking forward to their continued development and to watching them embrace their roles on the team.


 

 

“We’re looking to blend that experience with the five 2012 freshmen who all made significant contributions last fall. Our guys are looking to mature physically, getting stronger in the weight room to increase self-confidence and showing technical improvement.”

At the Blue Demons’ team awards dinner, Antonio Aguilar was recognized as the top offensive player while Garza was singled out as the top defender. Michael Kozielek was honored as the team’s outstanding freshman.

“On the heels of that, we are now forming a new leadership group and forming a new team for next season,” Blazer said. “Our first exhibition match March 9 will provide a definite incentive and will also provide us feedback of where we are as a program.”