Vroom Scores BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week Award
CHICAGO - DePaul's high-scoring week in men's soccer was capped off on Monday when senior forward Steffen Vroom was honored as the BIG EAST's Offensive Player of the Week.
Vroom scored the first Blue Demon goal in three straight matches as DePaul defeated then-No. 9 Northwestern 2-1 followed by a 3-2 victory over then-No. 8 UC-Irvine and culminating with a 5-1 triumph over Buffalo.
Vroom ignited an offensive outburst that saw the Blue Demons score 10 goals in three games when they had scored 13 in 20 games last year. Vroom also had an assist in Sunday's offensive outburst against Buffalo---giving him seven points for the week.
His goal against UC-Irvine was the first of three second-half scores that enabled his team to overcome a 2-0 halftime deficit.
"All the guys are connecting with each other right now, and it's been a collective team effort," Vroom said. "There are other people contributing to my goals--- Charlie Mancuso, Scott Freundlich, Antonio Aguilar, Mark Plotkin---they've all been working real hard to get me the ball in a good position.
"I just happen to be in the right place at the right time."
Vroom, who was named Preseason All-BIG EAST, scored all seven of his season's points last week. His two goals and one assist in the Marquette Invitational earned Vroom the Most Valuable Player award on Sunday.
This is the second time Vroom has been named Offensive Player of the Week, earning that accolade on Oct. 13, 2008. On Friday, DePaul (3-2) will face its third nationally ranked opponent in four games when the Blue Demons welcome No. 23 Notre Dame (2-2-1) to Wish Field. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.