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Women's Soccer Opens Conference USA Schedule

CHICAGO – The DePaul women’s soccer team returns to Wish Field for the first of two Conference USA matches on Friday against Houston.  On Sunday, the Blue Demons take on visiting TCU.  Kickoff with the Cougars is set for 4 p.m. while the Sunday match starts at 1 p.m.


Noting the Blue Demons

DePaul has outscored their opponents, 11-4, with three shutouts… the Blue Demons have not allowed a goal in the second half of any match this season… they have also taken 106 shots compared to 77 for the opposition… Julianne Sitch leads the club and Conference USA with 11 points and five goals… on DePaul’s 11 goals, there have been nine assists… in addition to Sitch, six other players have scored at least one goal this season… the Blue Demons play six of their next eight games on the road… they play four of the last five at Wish Field… in non-conference matches over the last three seasons, DePaul is 17-7… all time in Conference USA play (seven years), the club holds a 10-5-6 record… head coach John Wilson is in his fourth season with the Blue Demons.


DePaul’s record when…

playing at home: 1-0-0

playing on the road: 3-2-0

playing on a neutral field: 0-0-0

playing during the day: 3-1-0

playing at night: 1-1-0

the match goes to overtime: 0-0-0

the match is decided by one goal: 1-2-0

the match is decided by two goals: 2-0-0

the match is decided by three goals: 0-0-0

the match is decided by four or more goals: 1-0-0

DePaul takes more shots: 3-2-0

opponent takes more shots: 1-0-0

DePaul takes a penalty kick: 0-0-0

opponent takes a penalty kick: 0-0-0


Conference Breakdown

In their 10 non-conference matches, the Blue Demons will face teams from six different conferences.  Listed below is a look at DePaul’s record against each of those Division I conferences in 2003:


Big Ten: 0-1-0

Big 12: 1-1-0

Conference USA: 0-0-0

Horizon: 1-0-0

Mid-American: 1-0-0

Missouri Valley: 1-0-0

Mountain West: 0-0-0

Independents: 0-0-0

Overall Record: 4-2-0


In the Conference USA Rankings (as of Sept. 17)

Team Rankings

Shots – 3rd (106)

Points – T4th (32)

Goals – T3rd (11)

Assists – T4th (10)

Goals Allowed – T3rd (4)

Goals Against Average – 3rd (0.67)

Saves – 5th (27)

Shutouts – T2nd (3)

Corners – 2nd (31)



3. Julianne Sitch – 30



1. Julianne Sitch – 11

T7. Lauren Spacht – 4



T1. Julianne Sitch – 5



T1. Lauren Spacht – 3


Game-Winning Goals

2. Julianne Sitch – 3


Goals Against Average

5. Lindsey Deason – 0.67


Save Percentage

4. Lindsey Deason - .862



T3. Lindsey Deason – 25



T1. Lindsey Deason – 3


Scouting the Weekend Opponents

Houston – The Cougars enter Friday’s match at 2-4-1… junior midfielder Nikki Hawkins leads the club with six points on three goals… overall, Houston has been outscored, 12-4, in their seven matches… they have knocked off Eastern Washington (1-0) and Texas State (1-0, 2OT) while losing to North Texas (2-0), Baylor (2-0), SMU (3-0) and Georgia (4-1)… in their last match, the Cougars tied South Carolina, 1-1… head coach Bill Solberg is in his third season at Houston… they wrap up the weekend with a Sunday afternoon match at Marquette… the series: Houston has won all four matches the series, outscoring DePaul, 7-2… Friday is the fourth meeting at Wish Field… a year ago, Houston won, 1-0, in Chicago on Sept. 27.


TCU – TCU enters the weekend at 2-3-1… the Horned Frogs play at Cincinnati on Friday… junior forward Amy Van Zandt leads the Horned Frogs with five points on two goals and as assist… the team has posted wins over Centenary (2-0) and Texas Tech (1-0, OT)… they have lost three matches to Texas A&M (6-0), SMU (4-2) and Baylor (4-0) while playing to a 1-1 tie with Oklahoma… head coach David Rubinson is in his 17th season in Forth Worth… the series: TCU won the only meeting between the two programs, 2-0, on Sept. 30, 2001… Sunday is the first meeting at Wish Field.


Looking Forward

DePaul plays the first of six straight road matches on Sept. 26 at Memphis.  Following the Memphis match, the Blue Demons move on to UAB two days later.  In two weeks, the club heads west for matches at Air Force and Colorado College.  The road trip ends with C-USA games at Charlotte and East Carolina the weekend of Oct. 10.