DePaul Men's Soccer Announces 2013 Schedule
June 12, 2013
CHICAGO - Get ready for a rugged challenge as the 2013 DePaul men's soccer schedule is fully loaded with quality opponents.
Right at the top are NCAA Championship runner-up Georgetown and NCAA Final Four program Creighton. In addition, the Blue Demons will face NCAA tournament teams Marquette, St. John's, Northwestern and Xavier---where DePaul coach Craig Blazer starred as a goalkeeper.
That's just for starters. Out of the 18 teams the Blue Demons will face this season, 14 advanced to either a conference tournament or the NCAA Championship.
Among the teams on the 2013 schedule, Georgetown finished the 2012 season ranked No. 5 in the NCAA's RPI ratings. Creighton was No. 6, Marquette No. 11, St. John's No. 24, Northwestern No. 26 and Xavier No. 36.
"It's as tough a schedule as anybody has anywhere," Blazer said. "The Great Lakes is one of the premier soccer regions in the country. Half of the 10 teams in the new BIG EAST Conference made the NCAA tournament."
Nonetheless, these Blue Demons have the potential to match up with anyone.
"Last season, we beat Northwestern and USF who both made the 48-team NCAA field," Blazer said. "It shows that we have a tremendous amount of ability in our program. We just need to be more consistent.
"Two years ago we came within 1 minute and 35 seconds of tying No. 5/4Creighton in double overtime at Wish Field. In 2009, we upset Georgetown on the road in the BIG EAST Championship opener thanks to penalty kicks along with great goaltending from Joe Ferrari.
"This season we'll be going up against some of the top teams in the country, and we're excited about the opportunity to play the best in our region and the BIG EAST Conference. Of course, our local rivalry games against Northwestern, Illinois-Chicago and Loyola are priceless."
Blazer's game plan for success begins at home.
"Our initial goal this season is to do well at Wish Field," Blazer said. "We all know that regardless of who is on your schedule, it's very hard to get a win in this game.
"We need a team-wide mindset of looking to come away with something in every game. Let's find ways to earn points on the road.
"There has to be a sense of urgency right from the beginning because a soccer season is so short. It's so important to get off to a good start because there isn't enough time to make up results."