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DePaul Readies for Two-Match Week

Sept. 25, 2012

Wednesday, September 26   Saturday, September 29
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Northwestern Wildcats
Opponent Record: 6-0-2*
Field: Lakeside Field
Location: Evanston, Ill.
Time: 6 p.m. CT
Last Five: NU leads 2-3

GAMETRACKER | VIDEO
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St. John's Red Storm
Opponent Record: 5-1-3*
BIG EAST: 0-1* 
Field: Wish Field
Location: Chicago, Ill.
When: 1 p.m. CST
Last Five: SJU leads 0-4-1

GAMETRACKER | VIDEO

*denotes record as of September 25

CHICAGO – After a tough conference-opening loss to Marquette on Saturday night, the DePaul men’s soccer team looks to rebound this week with a Wednesday night non-conference matchup at Northwestern and a Saturday afternoon BIG EAST contest against St. John’s at home.

The Blue Demons (2-5-1, 0-1 BIG EAST) head into Evanston to face a tough Wildcats squad who has yet to taste defeat this season. Northwestern (6-0-2) enters the match with six wins and two ties in eight matches and is currently riding a five-game win-streak.

The Wildcats’ leading goal-scorer is freshman Joey Calistri who has tallied four goals so far this season. Senior Chris Ritter is Northwestern’s leading point-getter as he has notched three goals while registering three assists. Sophomore Grant Wilson has the most assists for NU with five.

The Blue Demons head into Evanston after a suffering a 5-0 defeat last Saturday at the hands of Marquette, who is currently ranked No. 10 in the nation according to the latest NSCAA Top 25 Poll. Earlier last week, DePaul played to a 1-1 draw with visiting Drake, though Drake picked up its tally on an own goal in the match.

On offense for the Blue Demons, sophomore Thiago Ganancio leads the way with three goals. Behind him, senior Antonio Aguilar has registered two goals, including one in the contest against Drake.

After Wednesday’s showdown, DePaul then returns home to Wish Field for a Saturday afternoon BIG EAST match against No. 13 St. John’s.

Saturday’s match is set to kickoff at 1 p.m. CT in Lincoln Park. The match will also serve as Alumni Day for the Blue Demons as they welcome back several former men’s soccer players for the game.

St. John’s (5-1-3, 0-1 BIG EAST) dropped its first contest of the season last Saturday when it fell to No. 2 Connecticut. The Red Storm played the final 58:50 of the match with just 10 men after freshman Danny Bedoya was called for a red card.

The St. John’s offense is led by senior Jack Bennett who has amassed three goals and three assists so far this season. In net, the Red Storm’s Rafael Diaz has played in all 870 minutes for his squad, allowing just seven goals while earning four shutouts.

Senior Eric Sorby has manned the net for the Blue Demons all season as well.

Fans can follow along on Wednesday and Saturday via GameTracker.