Women's Soccer Plays Two Exhibition Matches This Weekend
IPFW Soccer Showcase Information
Previewing the Season: The 2005 season for the DePaul women’s soccer program is a milestone in many different ways. The upcoming campaign marks the 10th season for women’s soccer as a varsity sport at
Head coach John Wilson returns 15 players from last season’s 9-9-2 team that also features eight returning starters. With virtually all of the offense back, the club is expected to make a run at the team records set a year ago. The returning players accounted for 39 of the 46 goals in 2004, 42 of the 48 assists, and 120 of the team total of 140 points. All three of those marks set in 2004 shattered the previous team records.
Offensively, five return that scored at least five goals in 2004. Seniors Julianne Sitch and Erin Walter lead the way followed by juniors Lea Hill and Lauren Spacht and sophomore Jennifer Dyer. Sitch, an All-American, and Hill led the club with 25 points last season while Walter set a school record with 10 assists. Sitch scored nine goals with seven assists while Hill had a team-high 10 goals to go with five assists. Walter added four scores to her 10 assists followed by Dyer with 17 points on six goals, five assists and Spacht with five goals, five assists for 15 points.
“I’ve always been offensively oriented with the scheme and philosophy with the team. I thought we would score even more goals than we did last year in setting a school record,” said
Other top returners include junior Kelly DeBaene and senior Margo Sackmaster. DeBaene recorded four assists and a goal in 2004 while Sackmaster enters her final season with nine career goals and four career assists.
With all of the offense returning, the Blue Demon backfield is in a rebuilding phase. Gone are the four-year cornerstones of goalkeeper Lindsey Deason and defenders Erin Davren and Jennifer Heil. In Deason’s four-year career she played 6,492 of the total 7,515 minutes in goal for DePaul. An offensive-minded keeper, she also scored a pair of goals and added an assist last season.
The goalkeeper position will be settled in the preseason between sophomore Cara LaRocca and junior transfer Sarah West. LaRocca played in five matches as a freshman last season with six saves and two goals allowed in 194 minutes. West played her first two seasons at
“Cara had a great mentor in Lindsey Deason and I think she’s very ready to play,” said
Amy Witt returns with the most experience in the backfield. Witt has played in every game over the last three seasons and started 60 of 62 matches. She will be joined by junior transfer Jen Lee and sophomores Caitlin Ferrell and Stefanie Foley. Lee played her first two seasons at
“The defense is searching for an identity right now,” said
Along with the pair of transfers, four freshmen join the program this fall. The six-player group was ranked No. 12 in the Great Lakes Region by Soccer Buzz Magazine. It is the second time in the last four years that a Wilson-recruited class has been ranked in the region’s top 12. The current senior class of Sackmaster, Sitch, Walter and Witt were ranked No. 11 in 2002.
Molly Borchardt, Lauren Holcomb, Dominique Locascio and Alissa VonderHaar turned in outstanding prep careers at four Chicagoland high schools. The foursome also brings regional and national club experience to the program. All four are versatile players who will see action from endline to endline.
DePaul begins play in the BIG EAST Conference in 2005 and the schedule features eight matches at Wish Field. The Blue Demons open the 2005 campaign with the Boiler Challenge Cup in
“I think the schedule is going to be great for preparing us early to go into BIG EAST regular season,” said
Home matches include non-conference clashes with Eastern Illinois, Northern Illinois, and Central Michigan while BIG EAST action has
DePaul travels to Western Michigan and faces BIG EAST opponents Notre Dame,
The BIG EAST Tournament starts with first round games at campus sites. Quarterfinals will be played the following weekend at campus sites with the higher seed hosting. The semifinals and championship match will be played in
At the IPFW Soccer Showcase: Friday will be DePaul's second straight appearance in the preseason soccer festival hosted by IPFW.
A year ago, the Blue Demons took on Purdue and played the Boilermakers to a 2-2 tie. Lauren Spacht scored both goals for the Blue Demons as the two clubs traded the four goals in a four-minute second-half flurry of offense.
Sunday's Opponent – Loyola-Chicago: The Ramblers will be playing their second exhibition game of the season on Sunday as they dropped a 2-0 decision on Tuesday night at
Preseason Picks: The Blue Demons were picked to finish sixth in Division B of the BIG EAST Preseason Poll. The BIG EAST Conference features a pair of eight-team divisions with the top 12 overall teams advancing to the league tournament. Senior midfielder/forward Julianne Sitch was one of 12 players selected to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team.
Home-Opening Weekend: DePaul opens the home schedule on Friday, Sept. 2 when Eastern Illinois comes to