DePaul Women's Soccer Announces 2013 Schedule
June 13, 2013
CHICAGO – DePaul will go head-to-head with four NCAA tournament teams according to the 2013 schedule announced by the women’s soccer program.
Foremost among that quartet of high-caliber competition is BIG EAST Conference rival Marquette which won the BIG EAST Championship tournament before advancing to the third round of the 2012 NCAA Championship and finishing 18-2-3.
In addition, the Blue Demons will face BIG EAST power Georgetown (NCAA second round), Milwaukee and Colgate.
“We have a great schedule this fall,” said coach Erin Chastain. “We play several past conference champions and NCAA participants in Milwaukee and Colgate in the non-conference season.
“We also have a tough road test against a good SMU team. We've maintained several local rivalries with Northwestern (exhibition) and Loyola, and those always prove to be tight and competitive games.”
DePaul is a tournament-tested team, having advanced to the BIG EAST Championship quarterfinals last season where the Blue Demons dropped a 1-0 decision at No. 14/18 Georgetown.
Three days earlier, DePaul had defeated Villanova 3-0 for its first BIG EAST Championship road win.
The Blue Demons will be challenged right from the start as seven of their first nine opponents advanced to either a conference tournament or the NCAA Championship last year.
They open the regular season Aug. 23 at Valparaiso, a Horizon League quarterfinalist.
Ohio advanced to the quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference, and the College of Charleston made it to the Southern Conference semifinals.
Milwaukee and Colgate were NCAA qualifiers while SMU advanced to the Conference USA semifinals and Loyola Chicago did likewise in the Horizon League.
DePaul will open the new BIG EAST Conference season on Sept. 26 at Georgetown, which won the National Division title last year and finished 16-4-3.
“We believe our non-conference schedule will prepare us for BIG EAST play,” Chastain said. “It's exciting that we’ll get to play everyone in the conference.”