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Blue Demons Host East Carolina



CHICAGO – The DePaul men’s soccer team closes the home portion of the 2003 schedule with a Friday afternoon match with East Carolina.  A win would move the Blue Demons into the hunt for a berth in the Conference USA Tournament in Memphis.  Kickoff at Wish Field is set for 2 p.m.  Jonathan Foley, Jeff Klitzke, Bob Kruse and Jonathan Matta will be honored prior to their final match at Wish Field.

Noting the Blue Demons
After starting the season 1-6, the Blue Demons have won six of their last nine games… Edwin Arreola and Luke Rojo lead the club with 11 points each… Arreola has scored five goals with an assist while Rojo has tallied four goals and three assists… Rojo is currently tied for 13th on DePaul’s all-time scoring list with 34 career points (12G, 10A)… the Blue Demons have taken 159 shots compared to 161 for the opposition, but DePaul has been outscored, 19-14… over the last eight matches, the Blue Demons have tallied 10 goals while allowing just five… they also have 89 corner kicks compared to just 46 combined for the opponents… the Blue Demons finish the regular season with three consecutive C-USA matches against East Carolina, Cincinnati and South Florida… head coach Craig Blazer is in his third season with the Blue Demons.

In the Hunt
DePaul currently stands in seventh place in the Conference USA standings with a 3-3-0 record.  The top six teams qualify for the league’s tournament at Memphis in November.  The Blue Demons can control their own destiny as they finish the season with their last three games against C-USA teams.  Friday’s match with East Carolina is critical as the DePaul is just a point behind sixth-place Charlotte in the C-USA standings.

Make a Wish
Over the last two seasons, the Blue Demons have made historic Wish Field a tough venue for visitors.  The club has won 10 of its last 14 home matches, including a 4-3 mark in 2003.  A year ago, the club posted a 6-1 record at home which tied the single-season school record for home wins in a season.
 
Conference USA Players of the Week
For the third time this season, a DePaul player took Conference USA’s weekly honor.  Sophomore goalkeeper Michael Timlin was named the defensive Player of the Week on Monday and joined Jeff Klitzke and Luke Rojo, who earned the honor earlier in the season.  Klitzke and Rojo both picked up their honors on Oct. 6 as Klitzke was the defensive player and Rojo earned the offensive recognition.

Offensive Players of the Week
S2 – David Peplinski, Fr., MF, Saint Louis
S8 – Will John, Fr., F, Saint Louis & Jerson Monteiro, Fr., F, UAB
S15 – Matt Kowaleski, Jr., F, East Carolina
S22 – Leandro de Oliveira, So., MF, UAB
S29 – Simon Bird, Sr., F, Louisville
O6 – Josh Gardner, Jr., MF, Cincinnati & Luke Rojo, Jr., MF/F, DePaul
O13 – Will John, Fr., F, Saint Louis
O20 – Justin Lewis, So., F, Cincinnati & Andy Metcalf, So., F, Memphis
O27 – Marco Terminesi, Fr., F, Louisville

Defensive Players of the Week
S2 – Tony McManus, Sr., D, UAB
S8 – Andy Pusateri, Sr., D, Saint Louis
S15 – Adam Ubert, Sr., GK, Marquette & Martin Hutton, Jr., GK, Saint Louis
S22 – Brad Solokowski, Sr., GK, Saint Louis
S29 – Adrian Cann, Sr., D, Louisville
O6 – Jeff Klitzke, Sr., GK, DePaul
O13 – Nick Gannon, Sr., D, Saint Louis
O20 – Michael Timlin, So., GK, DePaul
O27 – Tony McManus, Sr., D, UAB

DePaul’s record when…
playing at home: 4-3-0
playing on the road: 2-4-0
playing on a neutral field: 1-2-0
playing during the day: 5-6-0
playing at night: 2-3-0
the match goes to overtime: 0-1-0
the match is decided by one goal: 4-5-0
the match is decided by two goals: 3-3-0
the match is decided by three goals: 0-0-0
the match is decided by four or more goals: 0-1-0
DePaul takes more shots: 6-3-0
opponent takes more shots: 1-6-0
DePaul takes a penalty kick: 1-1-0
opponent takes a penalty kick: 0-1-0

Conference Breakdown
In their 10 non-conference matches, the Blue Demons will face teams from six different conferences.  Listed below is a look at DePaul’s record against each of those Division I conferences in 2003:

Big Ten: 0-2-0
Conference USA: 3-3-0
Horizon League: 2-1-0
Mid-American: 1-0-0
Missouri Valley: 1-2-0
Patriot League: 0-1-0
Overall Record: 7-8-0

Scouting the Pirates
East Carolina enters Friday’s match at 3-9-2 overall and 0-7-1 in Conference USA action… Matt Kowaleski leads the club with 12 points on five goals and two assists while Reed Avren has tallied 11 points on a goal and nine helpers… as a team, the Pirates have scored 25 goals while allowing 17… head coach Michael Benn is in his first season as head coach at East Carolina.
 
What Lies Ahead
The club finishes the regular season with road games at Cincinnati and South Florida.  The East Carolina match on Friday, Oct. 31 will be Senior Day as it is the last home match of the regular season.  The 2003 Conference USA Tournament takes place Nov. 13-16 in Memphis, Tenn.  The top six finishers in the C-USA standings will advance to the four-day event.