Men's Soccer Announces 2005 Schedule
2005 Men's Soccer Schedule
CHICAGO – DePaul men’s soccer coach Craig Blazer announced today the 2005 schedule for the men’s soccer team. The Blue Demons face a challenging slate as they play their first season in the BIG EAST Conference.
"My players and staff have been busy preparing for the upcoming 2005 season and our anxious to play against some of the country’s best players and programs,” said Blazer. “We have an outstanding schedule including our 11 regular season BIG EAST games. Our guys understand that being fit and healthy will be a key to our success.”
Following three exhibition matches, the Blue Demons open the 2005 campaign with the Holiday Inn City Centre Classic hosted by Bradley University. The two-day tourney takes place in Peoria, Ill., with the Blue Demons taking on the host Braves on Sept. 2. DePaul wraps up the opening weekend with Western Illinois on the following day.
DePaul opens the home portion of the schedule with four straight games at Wish Field. The Blue Demons host St. Francis (Pa.) and Drake the weekend of Sept. 9 followed by their first BIG EAST Conference weekend with Georgetown and Seton Hall the weekend of Sept. 16. The Seton Hall match on the 18th is part of a DePaul soccer doubleheader as the women’s team takes on Central Michigan following the Blue Demons and Pirates.
The club travels to Pittsburgh on Sept. 23 before moving on to West Virginia on Sept. 25. The final match of September sees the Blue Demons making the short trip north to Rogers Park for a Wednesday evening game against Loyola-Chicago on Sept. 28.
October sees DePaul play four home and four road matches. Syracuse comes to Chicago on Oct. 1 followed by games at Villanova on Oct. 8 and South Florida on Oct. 12. Rutgers and Illinois-Chicago provide back-to-back home games on Oct. 15 and 19 before the Blue Demons play their final two road matches at St. John’s on Oct. 22 and Cincinnati on Oct. 26.
The regular-season finale is set for Saturday, Oct. 29, against Louisville at Wish Field.
The BIG EAST Tournament starts with first round games at campus sites. The higher-seeded team will be the host with the top two teams earning first-round byes. Quarterfinals will be played the following weekend at campus sites with the higher seed hosting.
The semifinals and championship match will be played in Storrs, Conn., on Nov. 11 and 13. The winner of the BIG EAST Tournament earns the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
2005 DePaul Men's Soccer Schedule