Men's Soccer Hoping Late Surge Begins Saturday at Seton Hall
Oct. 18, 2013
CHICAGO - The challenge is squarely in front of the DePaul men's soccer team as it prepares for a noon BIG EAST Conference match on Saturday at Seton Hall.
With just five games left in the regular season, it's time to play the best soccer of the year and come away with as many points as possible in the race to qualify for the BIG EAST Championship.
"We're working hard to give ourselves a chance to get into the tournament," said DePaul coach Craig Blazer. "We're challenging our players with the concept of executing what we do well and getting ourselves in situations of doing just that.
"Our group has been good at pressing in the final third. It has been solid at creating scoring chances. I'm looking forward to seeing who is going to put us on his back and score that big goal for us."
DePaul (4-7-2, 0-3-1 in the BIG EAST) is ready to snap a three-game scoring drought. There is no lack of candidates to step up and find the back of the net as seven Blue Demons have scored two goals this season.
"Our plan is to turn some of those scoring chances into goals while also playing disciplined defense and getting a shutout," Blazer said. "Every BIG EAST match is such a challenging and difficult task. Now that we're in the later stages of the season, it's even more exciting.
"The team's attitude is still very positive. We need to find a way to believe in winning."
Seton Hall (5-6-2, 1-3-0) is led by Samuel Geiler with six goals and four assists along with Max Garcia with four goals and one assist. Vic Manosalvas has contributed five assists.
The Pirates have outshot opponents 198-149 and hold a 78-66 edge in shots on goal, but have been outscored 27-20. They have been outscored 12-5 in the first half this season. Overall, DePaul has scored one less goal than its opponents.
"We're excited to get back on the road," Blazer said. "We have performed well on the road this season."
DePaul goalkeeper Eric Sorby comes into Saturday's match No. 5 in the nation in total saves with 70. He is No. 15 in saves per game at 5.38.