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Women's Soccer Announces 2005 Schedule



2005 Women’s Soccer Schedule

CHICAGO – DePaul women’s soccer coach John Wilson announced today the 2005 schedule for the Blue Demons.  DePaul begins play in the BIG EAST Conference in 2005 and the schedule features eight matches at Wish Field.

“I'm excited to announce our 2005 schedule which is also marks our first season as a member of the BIG EAST Conference,” said Wilson.  “More than ever, this marks the beginning of a new era in DePaul women's soccer.  One in which we will be hosting some of the best teams in the country right here at our newly renovated field.  The biggest highlight on the home schedule has to be Connecticut, the second-place finisher in the 2003 NCAA Tournament, visiting here on Alumni Weekend, October 16th.”

“This year's schedule also reflects a variety of competition from local to regional and national opponents with some familiar faces and some new.  Renewed rivalries with local opponents I think is a big highlight on the schedule.  Overall, I am very happy with the schedule and I think it puts us in a very good position to show competitiveness locally, regionally and nationally.”

Following an exhibition match against Toledo at the IPFW Soccer Showcase, the Blue Demons open the 2005 campaign with the Boiler Challenge Cup in West Lafayette, Ind.  The team opens with Detroit on Aug. 26 followed by a match against host Purdue or Cal Poly two days later.

Labor Day weekend sees the Blue Demons at home with matches against Eastern Illinois and Northern Illinois.  DePaul takes on the Panthers on Sept. 2 followed by a Sunday afternoon match with the Huskies.

DePaul travels to Western Michigan on Sept. 11 before facing defending national champion Notre Dame in South Bend on Sept. 16.  The Notre Dame game will be DePaul’s first BIG EAST Conference match.

The Blue Demons return to Chicago to play Central Michigan on Sept. 18 following the men’s match against Seton Hall.  DePaul meets Louisville at Wish Field on Sept. 23 before playing five consecutive road matches.

The first of the five games away from Chicago starts at Cincinnati on Sept. 25.  DePaul closes the month with a match at South Florida on the final day of September.  Two days later, the Blue Demons take the short trip to Milwaukee for a Sunday afternoon contest with Marquette.  The final road weekend of the regular season has DePaul at Seton Hall on Oct. 7 and Rutgers on Oct. 9.

DePaul finishes the regular season finale with four straight home matches.  Providence and Connecticut come to Chicago the weekend of Oct. 14.  That weekend is Alumni Weekend for the men’s and women’s soccer programs with the women taking on Providence on Friday, the men hosting Rutgers on Saturday and the women closing the weekend with Connecticut on Sunday.

The final weekend of the regular season has the Blue Demons hosting Georgetown on Oct. 21 followed by Villanova on Oct. 23.

The BIG EAST Tournament starts with first round games at campus sites.  The higher-seeded team will be the host with the top two teams earning first-round byes.  Quarterfinals will be played the following weekend at campus sites with the higher seed hosting.

The semifinals and championship match will be played in Milwaukee, Wis., on Nov. 4 and 6.  The winner of the BIG EAST Tournament earns the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

2005 DePaul Women's Soccer Schedule
August
19 vs. Toledo (exhib. in Ft. Wayne, Ind.); 26 vs. Detroit (Boiler Challenge Cup – West Lafayette, Ind.); 28 at Purdue or vs. Cal Poly (Boiler Challenge Cup – West Lafayette, Ind.)

September
2 vs. Eastern Illinois; 4 vs. Northern Illinois; 11 at Western Michigan; 16 at Notre Dame; 18 vs. Central Michigan; 23 vs. Louisville; 25 at Cincinnati; 30 at South Florida

October
2 at Marquette; 7 at Seton Hall; 9 at Rutgers; 14 vs. Providence; 16 vs. Connecticut; 21 vs. Georgetown; 23 vs. Villanova; 26 or 27 - BIG EAST Conference Tournament First Round (campus sites); 29 or 30 - BIG EAST Conference Tournament Quarterfinals (campus sites)

November
4 - BIG EAST Tournament Semifinals (Milwaukee, Wis.); 6 - BIG EAST Tournament Championship (Milwaukee, Wis.)