Women's Soccer Bolstered by Colorado Transfer Pappalardo
June 13, 2014
CHICAGO – DePaul’s NCAA tournament women’s soccer team received a big lift on Friday when Colorado midfielder Olivia Pappalardo transferred into the Blue Demon program.
Pappalardo has two years of eligibility left after playing two seasons with the Buffaloes and will be immediately eligible to play.
As a sophomore last fall, Pappalardo started in the midfield and had a game-winning goal along with two assists in 16 games. Her 18 shots and nine shots on goal were sixth on the team.
Pappalardo, who starred at Maine South, helped lead Colorado to the third round of the NCAA tournament after victories over Denver and Brigham Young. The Buffaloes were 14-7-2 last fall.
“We are really excited we are adding Olivia to our team,” said DePaul women’s soccer coach Erin Chastain. “She is a great midfielder and very smooth on the ball. She will help our team keep possession of the ball.
“She has had a wonderful two seasons at Colorado where she was a key player both years. Her experience competing in the Pac-12 will be a nice addition to our group.
“Olivia played for the Eclipse Select Soccer Club out of Illinois and is from Maine South. We are excited she is coming back home to make an impact on our program.”
As a freshman at Colorado, Pappalardo played 1,541 minutes---the most of any first-year player. In 19 games, including 16 starts, her 16 shots ranked second among all freshmen.
She had two assists in back-to-back victories against Cincinnati (2-1) and Wyoming (2-0). She played a season-high 110 minutes in the Pac-12 opener at Oregon.
At Maine South, Pappalardo was the 97th best player in the nation according to TopDrawerSoccer.com and the Central Suburban League Rookie of the Year in her one season with the Hawks. She led Maine South to the Niles North regional title.
Pappalardo was co-captain of Eclipse Select, ranked the No. 2 girls' soccer club in the country from 2009-2011 by Soccer America.