Men's Soccer Plays Two at Wish Field This Weekend
CHICAGO - The Blue Demons return to Wish Field for a pair of matches against Memphis and Wisconsin. Both games are part of a soccer doubleheader at Wish Field with the Blue Demons and Tigers tangling on Friday followed by the Blue Demons and Badgers on Sunday. DePaul is looking to snap a seven-game winless string. Overall, the club is 2-9-3 and 0-4-1 in Conference USA games. Memphis enters the weekend atop the C-USA stadings at 8-3-0 overall and 4-1-0 in league play with Wisconsin is 5-6-0 and 1-1-0 in Big Ten action.
Looking at the Blue Demons: The Blue Demons have played seven overtime matches in their 14 games this season... a year ago, they played just one overtime match and in 2002 there were four games with extra soccer... the 2-1 win over Evansville on Sept. 17 ended a streak of nine straight wins with a shutout... offensively, the team has scored 10 goals, but have allowed 20... Saint Louis is the only team to score more than two goals against the Blue Demons this season... the team is led by senior Patrick Vyncke with 10 points on five goals... Kevin Bissett, John Kornfeld, John Partyka and Alec Kulinczenko have also found the back of the net this season... on the 10 goals, there have been nine assists, led by Julian Chill with four... the team has posted 12 wins in their last 20 matches at Wish Field... head coach Craig Blazer is in his fourth season in Lincoln Park.
Scouting the Tigers: Memphis enters Friday's match at 8-3-0 and in first place in Conference USA with a 4-1-0 mark... the lone league came in the last match, 2-0, at No. 10 USF… that loss snapped a five-match winning streak… Andy Metcalf and Dayton O’Brien lead the team with 15 points each… Metcalf has a team-high seven goals while O’Brien leads the team with seven assists… head coach Richie Grant is in his 10th season as head coach at Memphis. The Series: Memphis leads the series, 11-4-1… a year ago in Memphis, the Tigers posted a 2-0 victory.
Looking Ahead to Sunday: The Wisconsin Badgers enter the weekend at 5-6-0 overall and 1-1-0 in league action... the Badgers have won their last two games matches over Penn State and UW-Milwaukee... Nick Van Sicklen leads the team with 18 points on seven goals and four assists... head coach Jeff Rohrman is in his third season as head coach. The Series: The Badgers leads the all-time series, 6-0-0… a year ago in Madison, Wisconsin posted a 2-1 victory.
Tournament Honors: With two tournaments during the regular season, members of the DePaul soccer team have picked up some honors for their outstanding performances. At the Best Western Lakeside Classic hosted by Northwestern, John Partyka and John Kornfeld were named to the All-Tournament team. Following the Dayton Marriott Flyer Classic, Partyka and Kornfeld were joined by Patrick Vyncke on the All-Tournament team.
Ranked in the Region: In the first NSCAA/adidas Midwest Region poll of the season, the Blue Demons found themselves at No. 10. After a pair of losses at the Best Western Lakeside Classic, the club dropped out of the region’s top 10. Over the last two seasons, the Blue Demons have been in-and-out of the region’s top 10 and were ranked as high as No. 8.
Conference Breakdown: In their 11 non-conference matches, the Blue Demons face teams from six different conferences. Listed below is a look at DePaul’s record against each of those Division I conferences in 2004:
What’s Ahead: Senior Day is set for Oct. 20 against Marquette to close out the home portion of the regular season schedule. The Blue Demons finish the regular season with three road matches at Northern Illinois, Charlotte and UAB. The C-USA Tournament is schedule for Nov. 11-14 in Louisville, Ky.