Blue Demons can position themselves for next week's C-USA Tournament with a win over the Bulls on Sunday. Kickoff is set for Noon CST and live stats are available.
Live Stats beginning at Noon CST.
CHICAGO – The DePaul men’s soccer team plays their final regular-season match with a Conference USA Tournament berth on the line. A win by the Blue Demons over USF on Sunday afternoon could place them in the league tourney next week in Memphis. The Blue Demon, winners of seven of their last 11 matches, enter the game at 8-10-0 overall and 4-4-0 in C-USA play. The Bulls are just behind DePaul in the league standings with a record of 6-6-3 and are 3-3-2 in league action. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. EST.
Noting the Blue Demons
After starting the season 1-6, the Blue Demons have won seven of their last 11 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 175 shots compared to 182 for the opposition, and have been outscored, 22-15… over the last 10 matches, the Blue Demons have tallied 11 goals while allowing eight… they also have 99 corner kicks this season compared to just 52 combined for the opponents… 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 4-4-0 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 the USF Bulls on Sunday. For each win, a team gets three points in the standings while a tie is worth one point. DePaul needs to win on Sunday and have either Charlotte or Marquette lose on Saturday.
C-USA Standings (as of Nov. 5)
1. Louisville (5-2-2, 17 pts.)
2. Cincinnati (5-2-1, 16)
2. Saint Louis (5-2-1, 16)
4. UAB (4-2-2, 14)
5. Charlotte (4-3-1, 13)
5. Marquette (4-3-1, 13)
7. DePaul (4-4-0, 12)
8. USF (3-3-2, 11)
9. Memphis (1-6-1, 4)
10. East Carolina (0-8-1, 1)
Saturday, Nov. 8
(22) Cincinnati at Marquette - 1 p.m.
Charlotte at Memphis - 7 p.m.
(6) Saint Louis at (20) UAB - 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 9
DePaul at USF - Noon
Alabama A&M at East Carolina - 1 p.m.
Conference USA Scoreboard
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 5-3 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: 2-5-0
playing on a neutral field: 1-2-0
playing during the day: 6-6-0
playing at night: 2-4-0
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: 0-1-0
the match is decided by four or more goals: 0-1-0
DePaul takes more shots: 7-3-0
opponent takes more shots: 1-7-0
DePaul takes a penalty kick: 1-1-0
opponent takes a penalty kick: 0-2-0
In their 10 non-conference matches, the Blue Demons faced 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: 4-4-0
Horizon League: 2-1-0
Missouri Valley: 1-2-0
Patriot League: 0-1-0
Overall Record: 8-10-0
Scouting the Bulls
USF enters the match at 6-6-3 overall and 3-3-2 in C-USA action... Hunter West leads the club with 16 points on seven goals and two assists... overall, USF has found the back of the net 20 times while allowing 21 goals... head coach George Kiefer is in his second season with the Bulls.
What Lies Ahead
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.