Women's Soccer Kicks Off Spring Season
March 30, 2012
CHICAGO - The nucleus of DePaul's women's soccer team will see plenty of action as the Blue Demons open their spring season on Sunday.
DePaul coach Erin Chastain will take a close look at the 13 field players who will face Loyola Chicago and Wisconsin-Parkside at Loyola Soccer Park.
The spring schedule also features matches against Milwaukee and Illinois State on April 14 at the University of Chicago. DePaul will return to face the U. of Chicago on April 28 and finishes up on May 4 with a match at Northwestern.
"It all starts on Sunday," Chastain said. "We're looking for a lot of individual development throughout the spring season. With our small numbers, it's a great chance for a lot of individual work.
"We have a good core group of players, a small but strong group. I'm excited about seeing them work together and build team chemistry. We are looking to make strides in areas we are targeting for the fall season.
"The big difference between this spring season and others in recent years is the numbers. We'll have 13 field players and a couple more recovering from injuries. That means everyone will play and have a big role on our team.
"There will be lots of playing time. You can be a factor right away and get better as an individual."
Chastain said she was pleased with her players' work effort in the offseason.
"Our core group was really dedicated to getting stronger and fitter over the winter," Chastain said. "Jimmy Douba from our strength-and-conditioning staff did an outstanding job with our athletes. These are good soccer players who will get into a good rhythm and make good decisions.
"It's a really competitive team that always tries to maintain a fighting spirit. You could see that even during the tough fall season of 2011.
"In the offseason, Ashleigh Goddard and Kylie Nordness have made really good progress, and I'm excited about those two. Chelsea Grant is working her way back into training after a season-ending injury."
The prognosis looks good for a successful spring season.
"Overall, I can see that everyone in the group can contribute," Chastain said. "There are talented players in our program, and the opportunity is there for them to play big roles in our success."