DePaul Seeks First BIG EAST Win of 2017, Hosts Villanova Saturday
Sept. 29, 2017
DePaul vs. Villanova
Sept. 30 | 1 p.m.
Wish Field | Chicago, Ill.
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CHICAGO – On Saturday, the DePaul men’s soccer team looks to bounce back into the win column as the Blue Demons seek their first BIG EAST victory of 2017. In the path of the Blue Demons is Villanova as DePaul welcomes the Wildcats to Wish Field to close out their September schedule.
Senior Philipp Konigstein has stepped in as the Blue Demons’ offensive leader in 2017 where the midfielder has tallied 12 points via five goals and two assists. Close behind is freshman Istvan Wilhelms and graduate student Stijn van der Slot who have contributed to six of DePaul’s 14 goals, three apiece, through nine matches.
The Blue Demons, who have faced the injury bug throughout the season, saw the return of captain Caleb Pothast this past week as well as the addition of Zach El-Shafei. Head coach Craig Blazer and his side continue to gain experience and are gelling together in time to make a run in BIG EAST play as the month of October inches closer.
Villanova is off to a 5-4 start in 2017 where the Wildcats have picked up wins against UMBC, Delaware, Rider, Saint Joseph’s, and BIG EAST rival Marquette. While the Wildcats started BIG EAST play with a 3-1 victory against Marquette, Villanova dropped its last match against Creighton 2-0 on Sept. 23 to sit at .500 (1-1) in conference play.
Through nine matches, Villanova has outscored its opponents 17-11, recording 129 shot attempts in 2017. Ten of the Wildcats’ 17 goals have come in the second half of play. Villanova is led by the triple-threat of Lucas Hodges, Theo Quartey, and Andreas Bartosinski on offense while goalkeeper Will Steiner has been a mainstay between the posts for the Wildcats. Hodges leads the Wildcats with 11 points, tallying four goals and three assists on the season. Both Quartey and Bartosinski have netted three goals in 2017 as the trio has combined for 10 of Villanova’s 17 scores. In goal, Steiner has made 35 saves through nine matches where he carries a 1.18 goals against average in 842 minutes of play.
Villanova leads the all-time series with DePaul 8-3-2. The two squads met twice in 2016 where Villanova took the Oct. 1 meeting 4-2 and then advanced in the BIG EAST Tournament on penalty kicks (3-1) on Nov. 6 after the first 110 minutes of play ended in a scoreless draw.
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