Women's Soccer Takes on Central Michigan at IPFW Soccer Showcase
IPFW Soccer Showcase Information
CHICAGO – The DePaul women's soccer team plays their lone exhibition match on Friday evening against the Central Michigan Chippewas. The exhibition match is part of the IPFW Soccer Showcase hosted by IPFW in Fort Wayne, Ind. A total of 14 collegiate team will compete over three days at the Hafner Soccer Complex. Following the DePaul-Central Michigan is a matchup of the last two men's NCAA Champions in Maryland and Indiana.
Noting the Blue Demons: Starting his seventh season, head coach John Wilson returns 14 players and eight starters from a year ago... DePaul is scheduled to play 18 regular-season matches with 10 games at Wish Field in 2006... sophomore Alissa VonderHaar is the top returning scorer with eight points on four goals in 2005... junior Jennifer Dyer is the returning assist leader after compiling four a year ago… the Blue Demons are 17-7-1 in the last three seasons in matches at Wish Field.
Checking out Central Michigan: Central Michigan is the Mid-American Conference preseason favorite… the Chippewas return 10 starters from last year's 7-10-3 squad… head coach Tony DiTucci is in his third season in Mount Pleasant... Erica Rohren is the top returning scorer with 10 points on four goals and two assists last season… returning goalkeeper Anne Decker registered five shutouts in 2005 and was a first team All-MAC honoree.
Previously: DePaul has won both regular-season meetings with Central Michigan, including last season's 2-0 victory at Wish Field. The Blue Demons also opened the 2004 season with a 3-0 win in Mount Pleasant at the CMU Invitational.
Looking Forward: Following the preseason tune-up on Friday, DePaul opens the 2006 campaign against Northwestern on Friday, Aug. 25. Two days later, the Blue Demons host Eastern Washington in the first game of a DePaul soccer doubleheader. Following the women's match at 1 p.m., the DePaul men's team hosts Loyola-Chicago at 4 p.m.
Preseason Picks: In the annual preseason coaches poll and all-conference teams, the Blue Demons were picked to finish in a tie for sixth in the National Division. Notre Dame was early pick in the National Division while Connecticut was selected as the preseason favorite in the American Division.
2006 BIG EAST Championship: The semifinals and championship of the 2006 BIG EAST Women's Soccer Championship will take place in Storrs, Conn., on the campus of the University of Connecticut. The first round and quarterfinals matches will be hosted by the higher-seeded team beginning on Oct. 25. The champion receives the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship.