Women's Soccer Concludes Spring Season
CHICAGO - The DePaul women’s soccer team continued to make strides forward as they completed their spring season recently. The Blue Demons posted a 1-1-1 record against NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago and won the Illinois seven-a-side tournament.
The off-season campaign wrapped up at Northwestern where DePaul lost a tough match, 1-0. After falling behind in the first half, the Blue Demons created numerous opportunities in the second half, but couldn’t find the net. Following the match with the Wildcats, the club tied Wisconsin the second match of the day.
The team opened the spring schedule in Champaign. On their way to the tournament title, DePaul knocked off a pair of Illinois teams in the semifinals and championship match.
Against NCAA Tournament teams, John Wilson’s squad posted a 1-1-1 record. They knocked off UW-Milwaukee, 1-0 while losing to 2002 Sweet 16 participant Notre Dame, 2-0. The Blue Demons also tied Wisconsin, 1-1. The team jumped out to a 1-0, but having played their second game of the day, the Badgers drew even in the second half.
“All things considered we felt great to tie a team like Wisconsin, which lost in the Big 10 championship game, and made the second round of the NCAA's last year” said Wilson. “All of it states a great deal of how far we've come and where we are right now.”
“These successes really paint a clear picture that we are becoming one of the top teams in Illinois and in the region” commented Wilson. “The success has been a great joy and we are very optimistic about the next fall season. As good as we are now, we will be even better this fall and that has everyone really excited!”
DePaul opens the fall campaign on Aug. 13 when the players report to the Lincoln Park campus. Following two weeks of preseason practice, the Blue Demons open the season at Nebraska on Aug. 29.
The Blue Demons are coming off their most successful season in the program’s seven-year history. In 2002, they posted school records for victories (10), goals (29), shutouts (7) and goals against average (1.20). Overall, the club finished with a 10-8-1 record while going 3-6-1 in Conference USA action.