Men's Soccer Travels to UAB

Weekly Notes  

CHICAGO - The Blue Demons finish the 2004 season with a Saturday night contest at UAB.  DePaul and the Blazers kick off at 7 p.m. at West Campus Field in Birmingham, Ala.  The team has dropped their last two games since knocking off Marquette in the final home match of the season.  Overall, the club is 3-13-3 and 1-6-1 in Conference USA games while UAB stands at 10-6-0 overall and 6-2-0 in league action.

Looking at the Blue Demons:  The Blue Demons have played eight overtime matches in their 19 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... the 2-1 win over Marquette on Oct. 20 was the first against the Golden Eagles in 25 all-time meetings... DePaul has played 12 matches decided by one goal and are 2-10 in those games... offensively, the team has scored 14 goals, but have allowed 29... Saint Louis and Charlotte are the only teams to score more than two goals against the Blue Demons this season... the team is led by senior Patrick Vyncke with 12 points on six goals... Kevin Bissett, John Kornfeld, John Partyka and Alec Kulinczenko have also found the back of the net this season... Partyka has eight points on three goals and two assists while Kornfeld has scored twice... on the 14 goals, there have been 13 assists, led by Julian Chill with five... Chill is tied for second among all C-USA freshmen with the five assists... head coach Craig Blazer is in his fourth season in Lincoln Park.

Last Week: DePaul dropped two matches at Northern Illinois and Charlotte.  On Wednesday, Oct. 27, the Blue Demons fell, 1-0, against the Huskies in DeKalb.  Northern Illinois broke through early in the second half with the game’s only goal by Curt Zastrow at 49:51.  The two teams combined for just nine shots as the Huskies outshot the Blue Demons, 6-3.

On Saturday, the Blue Demons traveled to Charlotte and fell short in a 4-1 decision.  Patrick Vyncke’s sixth goal of the year gave the Blue Demons the lead at 25:35, but the 49ers stormed back with four second-half scores.  Charlotte outshot DePaul, 25-8, including an 18-3 advantage in the second half.

Scouting the Blazers:  UAB enters Saturday’s match at 10-6-0 overall and 6-2-0 in Conference USA action... since starting the season 1-3, they have won nine of their last 12 games... four players have totaled at least 13 points as the Blazers have outscored their opponents, 29-18... Leandro de Oliveira leads the club with 17 points on five goals and seven assists while Jerson Monteiro has 15 points on six goals and three assists... a win by the Blazers on Saturday and a loss by Memphis would give UAB a share of the C-USA regular season title... head coach Mike Getman is in his 13th season as head coach at UAB.  The Series: The Blazers lead the series, 10-2-1... DePaul won the first two meetings, but the Blazers have posted 10 consecutive victories in the series.

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.

Big Things Ahead: The Blue Demons finish their run in Conference USA with the UAB match on Saturday night.  Beginning next season, the club joins the BIG EAST Conference along with current C-USA members Cincinnati, Louisville, Marquette and South Florida.



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