DePaul Gears up for Friday’s meeting with Drake
Sept. 6, 2017

DePaul vs. Drake | Sept. 8 at 12 p.m. | Wish Field | Live Stats | Live Stream | Match Notes

CHICAGO – After five days off from match play, the DePaul men’s soccer team will welcome Drake to Wish Field on Friday for a noon first touch.

The Blue Demons (1-3) are coming off a 1-1 weekend where DePaul defeated La Salle 2-1 on Sept. 1 before falling to Valparaiso 2-1 on Sept. 3.  All four of the Blue Demons’ matches have been decided by a one-goal differential where DePaul has netted seven goals.

On Monday, freshman midfielder Istvan Wilhelms was recognized on the BIG EAST’s weekly honor roll for his assist in the match against La Salle and goal against Valparaiso.  On August 28, the Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. native was also named the BIG EAST’s Freshman of the Week.  Through four matches, Wilhelms leads DePaul with six points, tallying two goals on seven shots while dishing out two assists.  Senior Philipp Konigstein has also tallied six points on two goals and two assists.

Stijn van der Slot has also been a key contributor to the Blue Demons’ offensive effort, tallying two goals in 2017.  On defense, senior captain Caleb Pothast has been the leader of the backline. 

In four matches, DePaul has outshot its opponents 57-41 while being awarded 21 corner kicks.

The Bulldogs (0-3) are in search of their first win of 2017 as Drake has dropped their opening contests to Xavier, Air Force, and No. 4 Denver.  In each of their matches, the Bulldogs have been shutout as their opponents have outscored them 7-0.  Drake finished 2016 with a 6-12-1 record, going 2-5-1 in Missouri Valley Conference play.  The Bulldogs were picked fifth in the MVC’s Preseason Coaches’ Poll.  Drake went 2-1 in the preseason with exhibition wins over Iowa Western and Northern Illinois and its lone defeat to No. 10 Notre Dame.

Drake leads the all-time series against DePaul 11-5-2 as the Blue Demons were edged 3-2 in the two programs’ last meeting in 2015.

First touch from Wish Field is set for noon.

The Last Meeting
Drake University3
September 19, 2015
Des Moines, Iowa
Late Goal Results in Tough Loss at Drake
It ultimately came down to the final four minutes Saturday night when Drake scored the winning goal in the 86th minute of DePaul's 3-2 loss at Des Moines, Iowa.



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