DePaul's Goal to Find Nothing But Net at Creighton
Nov. 1, 2013
CHICAGO - The Blue Demons are hoping to find the back of the net Saturday when they take on BIG EAST Conference rival Creighton in a 4 p.m. match at the 6,000-seat Morrison Stadium.
It's a great venue for college soccer, and DePaul is ready to score for the first time since a 3-1 loss to Seton Hall on Oct. 19 at Wish Field.
"The guys played a good game against Villanova," said DePaul coach Craig Blazer about last Saturday's 1-0 loss at Wish Field. "We created a lot of offensive opportunities, and defensively we limited Villanova's chances.
"There are things we need to do better. Let's get the ball on frame and get something out of our opportunities that will eventually lead to goals."
Creighton (8-6-2, 3-3-1 in the BIG EAST) is locked in a four-team battle for the final two spots in the BIG EAST Championship.
The Bluejays come into Saturday's match in fifth place with 10 points while Butler, Villanova and Seton Hall each have nine points. The top six teams advance to the conference tournament.
Creighton has outscored opponents 24-16 and holds an 89-78 advantage in shots on goal. The Bluejays have outscored teams 14-6 in the second half.
Timo Pitter heads up the offense with five goals and four assists. Fabian Herbers has two goals and four assists.
"Creighton was in the NCAA final four last year and has a great soccer program," Blazer said. "We're looking forward to playing in one of the premier soccer stadiums in the NCAA. That environment offers an exciting atmosphere and a really great forum for the game."
DePaul (4-10-2, 0-6-1) features a balanced attack with seven Blue Demons having scored two goals apiece as it looks to snap a six-game losing streak.
"Defensively, we're organized and playing as a unit," Blazer said. "Whether we're pressing or dropping off, we're doing a good job of staying together.
"Offensively, the guys are doing a good job of possessing and getting goal-scoring opportunities. The final bit is scoring goals. We need to make better decisions to get the ball on frame.
"Let's get more shots on goal."