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Blue Demons Travel to Cincinnati

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CHICAGO – The DePaul men’s soccer team plays the first of their final two regular season matches on Wednesday night at Cincinnati.  With a pair of victories in their final two games, the club will qualify for the league tournament and possibly win the regular-season conference title.  The Blue Demon, winners of seven of their last 10 matches, enter the game at 8-9-0 overall and 4-3-0 in C-USA play.  The No. 18 Bearcats hold a record of 8-3-5 and are 4-2-1 in league action.  Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. EST.

Noting the Blue Demons
After starting the season 1-6, the Blue Demons have won seven of their last 10 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 171 shots compared to 169 for the opposition, but DePaul has been outscored, 19-15… over the last nine matches, the Blue Demons have tallied 11 goals while allowing just five… they also have 97 corner kicks compared to just 49 combined for the opponents… the Blue Demons finish the regular season with two consecutive C-USA matches at 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 4-3-0 record (12 points).  The top six teams qualify for the league’s tournament at Memphis, November 13-16.  The Blue Demons can control their own destiny as they finish the season with their last two games against C-USA teams.  For each win, a team gets three points in the standings while a tie is worth one point.

C-USA Standings (as of Nov. 2)
1. Louisville (5-2-2, 17 pts.)
2. Saint Louis (5-2-1, 16)
3. UAB (4-2-2, 14)
4. Cincinnati (4-2-1, 13)
4. Charlotte (4-3-1, 13)
4. Marquette (4-3-1, 13)
7. DePaul (4-3-0, 12)
8. USF (3-3-2, 11)
9. Memphis (1-6-1, 4)
10. East Carolina (0-8-1, 1)

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 11 of its last 15 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
Three times 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
Sept. 2 – David Peplinski, Fr., MF, Saint Louis
Sept. 8 – Will John, Fr., F, Saint Louis & Jerson Monteiro, Fr., F, UAB
Sept. 15 – Matt Kowaleski, Jr., F, East Carolina
Sept. 22 – Leandro de Oliveira, So., MF, UAB
Sept. 29 – Simon Bird, Sr., F, Louisville
Oct. 6 – Josh Gardner, Jr., MF, Cincinnati & Luke Rojo, Jr., MF/F, DePaul
Oct. 13 – Will John, Fr., F, Saint Louis
Oct. 20 – Justin Lewis, So., F, Cincinnati & Andy Metcalf, So., F, Memphis
Oct. 27 – Marco Terminesi, Fr., F, Louisville
Nov. 2 - John DeRaimondo, Fr., F, Saint Louis & Jerson Monterio, Fr., F, UAB

Defensive Players of the Week
Sept. 2 – Tony McManus, Sr., D, UAB
Sept. 8 – Andy Pusateri, Sr., D, Saint Louis
Sept. 15 – Adam Ubert, Sr., GK, Marquette & Martin Hutton, Jr., GK, Saint Louis
Sept. 22 – Brad Solokowski, Sr., GK, Saint Louis
Sept. 29 – Adrian Cann, Sr., D, Louisville
Oct. 6 – Jeff Klitzke, Sr., GK, DePaul
Oct. 13 – Nick Gannon, Sr., D, Saint Louis
Oct. 20 – Michael Timlin, So., GK, DePaul
Oct. 27 – Tony McManus, Sr., D, UAB
Nov. 2 - Jeremy Drake, Fr., GK, UAB

DePaul’s record when…
playing at home: 5-3-0
playing on the road: 2-4-0
playing on a neutral field: 1-2-0
playing during the day: 6-6-0
playing at night: 2-3-0
the match goes to overtime: 0-1-0
the match is decided by one goal: 5-5-0
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: 7-3-0
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: 4-3-0
Horizon League: 2-1-0
Mid-American: 1-0-0
Missouri Valley: 1-2-0
Patriot League: 0-1-0
Overall Record: 8-9-0

Scouting the Bearcats
Cincinnati enters the match at 8-3-5 overall and 4-2-1 in C-USA action... last Saturday, they dropped a 1-0 decision to UAB... junior midfielder Josh Gardner leads the club with 18 points on six goals and six assists... overall, Cincinnati has found the back of the net 27 times while holding opponents to 16 scores... head coach Hylton Dayes is in his third season with the Bearcats... the series: Cincinnati leads the all-time series, 10-6-2... a year ago, DePaul knocked off the Bearcats, 2-1, at Wish Field.
What Lies Ahead
The club finishes the regular season with road games at Cincinnati and South Florida.  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.