Men's Soccer Adds Third Signee
CHICAGO – DePaul men’s soccer coach Craig Blazer announced today that John Partyka has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Blue Demons next season. Partyka is the third signee by Blazer in his second recruiting class. He will join Patrick Ferrell and Kevin Riemer in Lincoln Park next year.
“I am very excited with the direction of the program in being able to attract a local player of the caliber of John Partyka,” said head coach Craig Blazer. “John is a winner, a captain, and has enjoyed much success in his soccer career. He is a competitive, smart and productive defender that will help us in our continued success at DePaul.”
Partyka led Carl Sandburg High School to back-to-back state championships as a junior and senior. While serving as team captain his senior season, he tallied eight goals and four assists as a defender. For his career, Partyka totaled 15 goals and 10 assists. A three-time All-SICA West honoree, he also earned All-State honors as a senior and was a two-time All-Area honoree. His club team, Chicago Magic, has won two of the last three State Cup championships and has played in top tournaments throughout the nation and world. He has been team captain since 2000 and was the club’s Player of the Year in 2000.
Partyka, Ferrell and Riemer will join a Blue Demon program that finished last season with the best record since 1996 at 8-9-2 overall and 4-6-0 in C-USA play. Only nine times in 21 seasons has a men’s soccer team won at least eight games. The squad posted a program-best 6-1-0 record at home while winning the most C-USA matches in school history.