Men's Soccer Travels to Green Bay and Hosts Butler
CHICAGO - The DePaul men’s soccer team travels to Green Bay for a Friday night game before returning to Wish Field to host Butler on Sunday afternoon. Friday’s game is the third straight played in Wisconsin following two games in the Marquette Invitational last weekend while Sunday’s return to Wish Field is the first since the season-opener against Valparaiso on Aug. 31.
DePaul stands at 1-2 on the season after splitting a pair of games at the Marquette Invitational. The Blue Demons defeated Columbia, 1-0, before a 2-0 loss to Penn. Following this weekend’s games, the Blue Demons open BIG EAST play at Seton Hall and Georgetown.
Noting the Blue Demons: DePaul entered the 2008 season with a five-match win streak at Wish Field... the loss 1-0 loss to Valparaiso on Aug. 31 ended the win streak... the Blue Demons have won their last four overtime games... Alex Mangan has scored 12 goals in 36 career matches... eight of his 12 career goals have been game-winners... he is tied for 19th all-time with 25 points (12G/1A)... in 57 career matches, Brian Visser has played in 5,196 of a possible 5,411 minutes in the net... his totals account for just over 96 percent of the minutes played in goal in the last three-plus seasons... DePaul is now 28-17-5 in the last six-plus seasons at Wish Field.
BIG EAST Improvement: DePaul has improved in each of its three BIG EAST campaigns. The 2005 squad totaled seven points on a 2-8-1 record before the 2006 team finished sixth in the Red Division with 12 points on a 4-7-0 record. A year ago, the Blue Demons were picked to finish eighth in the preseason coaches poll and surprised the entire BIG EAST by winning the Red Division with 21 points and a 7-4-0 league record.
Marquette Invitational Recap: The Blue Demons finished second in the four-team Marquette Invitational with three players earning All-Tournament Team recognition. DePaul’s 1-1-0 record for three points was second to Penn with four points (1-0-1). Willy Lara, John Kornfeld and Steffen Vroom were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Steffen Vroom scored in the 23rd minute against Columbia to lead DePaul past the Lions, 1-0. The Blue Demons outshot Columbia, 13-5, while Brian Visser was credited with one save in the shutouts. DePaul followed the win with a 2-0 loss to Penn. The Blue Demons had chances as Penn was able to thwart a penalty kick opportunity in the 63rd minute and a DePaul shot hit the crossbar in the 78th minute. DePaul outshot the Quakers, 12-7, and held a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.
Blazer In Eighth Season: Head coach Craig Blazer is in his eighth season with DePaul. He holds a career record of 44-80-11 in his seven-plus seasons. In the last six-plus years under Blazer, the Blue Demons have posted a 28-18-5 record at Wish Field. Last season the Blue Demons went a program-best 9-1-0 at Wish Field with wins over No. 2 Connecticut and No. 21 Louisville.
Checking on Green Bay: The Phoenix are 1-3-0 with all four matches on the road... Green Bay opened the season with three straight one-goal losses before a 2-1 win over West Virginia on Sept. 7 in Akron, Ohio... Tosaint Ricketts and JC Banks have scored two goals each to lead the team... head coach Tom Poitras is in his fifth season at Green Bay. The Series: DePaul leads the series, 3-2-1... the Blue Demons claimed a 2-0 decision last season at Wish Field on Sept. 7.
Looking at Butler: The Bulldogs are 3-1-0 following a 3-2 loss at Evansville on Sept. 7... Butler opened the season with consecutive victories over James Madison, Northeastern and IPFW... Frank Patano leads the team with eight points on four goals... head coach Kelly Findley is in his third season at Butler. The Series: Sunday is the third meeting between the two programs... Butler won the two previous games in 1989 and 1990.
Preseason Picks: The Blue Demons were picked to finish fourth, and picked up two first-place votes, in the Red Division by the league’s 16 coaches. Connecticut was selected to win the Blue Division while USF was picked as the Red Division preseason favorite. O’Brian White from Connecticut was named the preseason Offensive Player of the Year while USF’s Yohance Marshall received the Defensive Player of the Year nod and DePaul’s Brian Visser was the pick for preseason Goalkeeper of the Year. Visser is the first DePaul player to be named a conference player of the year honoree.
2008 BIG EAST Championship: The semifinals and championship of the 2007 BIG EAST Men’s Soccer Championship will take place in Tampa, Fla., on the campus of the University of South Florida on Nov. 14 and 16. The first round and quarterfinal matches will be hosted by the higher-seeded team on Nov. 5 and Nov. 8. The champion receives the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship.
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