Women's Soccer Welcomes Pittsburgh and West Virginia to Wish Field
DePaul vs. Pittsburgh
DePaul vs. #6/7 West Virginia
Weekly Notes | Demons Live
CHICAGO - With each of the last two weekends featuring postponed matches, the DePaul women’s soccer team hosts Pittsburgh and West Virginia in a pair of BIG EAST games. Friday’s match against the Panthers is the first of a four-game run at Wish Field ending next weekend with Rutgers and Seton Hall.
Noting the Blue Demons: The Blue Demons are on a season-high four-match losing streak... during the slide, the team has been outscored, 12-1... prior to the recent defeats, the six goals scored in two games against Southeast Missouri State and Northern Illinois were the most in back-to-back games since seven goals in Oct. 2004… the Blue Demons posted a 3-0 win over TCU on Oct. 17 and a 4-0 victory against Cleveland State on Oct. 22… Cara LaRocca’s 81 saves this season (10 matches) surpassed her career total entering this season (61 saves/18 matches)… LaRocca’s 12 saves at Drake on Sept. 3 were a career best passing her previous high of 11 stops against Northwestern at the start of this season... she has totaled at least seven stops in eight of 10 matches this season... Lauren Spacht’s goal at Northern Illinois on Sept. 10 moved her into sole possession of second all-time with 15 career goals… at Eastern Illinois on Sept. 1, she moved into second all-time with her 38th career point... Spacht has totaled 38 points on 14 goals and 10 assists in her career... Julianne Sitch (2002-05) leads all career categories with 90 points on 32 goals and 26 assists... Alissa VonderHaar’s two-goal game against Southeast Missouri State was the second of her career... it was also the first by a DePaul player this season... Jennifer Dyer scored goals in each of DePaul’s first two matches... she added her third goals of the season against Cincinnati and is now tied for seventh all-time in DePaul with nine career goals... Lea Hill, VonderHaar and Dyer lead the club with three assists each... Hill is now tied for fourth in school history with nine career helpers... the 2006 season is the 11th year of women’s soccer as a varsity sport at DePaul University... in 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... the Blue Demons are 19-11-1 i the last three-plus seasons in matches at Wish Field.
New Addition: Former DePaul softball player Sara Bandauski recently joined the women’s soccer program as a goalkeeper. In four seasons on the diamond she played in 219 games with the softball team totaling a career .216 batting average with 46 runs, 29 RBI’s and eight doubles.
Scouting Pittsburgh: The Panthers stand at 6-2-2 overall and 1-1-1 in BIG EAST play... Pittsburgh knocked off Syracuse, 4-2, in their last match on Sept. 24 after playing to a 1-1 tie against St. John’s... Corina Sebesta leads the team with 12 points on five goals and two assists... goalkeeper Alison Finch has a 1.18 goals against average with 39 saves in 918 minutes... head coach Sue Moy-Chin is in her fourth season as head coach. The Series: Friday is the first meeting between the two programs.
Checking on West Virginia: The Mountaineers, ranked No. 6 is this week NSCAA/adidas national poll and No. 7 in the Soccer America top 25, play at Notre Dame on Friday night... they enter the weekend at 8-0-2 overall and 2-0-1 in league play... West Virginia holds the nation’s highest-scoring offense with 36 goals... in 10 matches, they have outscored their opponents, 36-4... last weekend, the Mountaineers defeated Syracuse, 5-0, before a 0-0 tie at St. John’s... Deana Everrett leads the team with 21 points on nine goals and three assists... head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown is in her 11th season leading the Mountaineers. The Series: Sunday is the first meeting between the two programs.
Previously: Louisville (Sept. 26) - The Blue Demons and Cardinals played their rescheduled match on Tuesday afternoon after the originally scheduled game on Sept. 22 was postponed due to inclement weather. The Cardinals scored two goals in the first half and added a third in the 69th minute. Louisville outshot DePaul, 17-10, while Cara LaRocca finished the game with seven saves. Cincinnati (Sept. 24) - The visiting Bearcats broke a 1-1 tie with goals in the 77th and 79th minute while outshooting the Blue Demons, 20-9. Lauren Spacht assisted Jennifer Dyer’s goal at 52:23 to tie the match at 1-1. Cincinnati answered with a pair of long goals from 20 and 35 yards for the 3-1 decision. Loyola-Chicago (Sept. 19) - After postponing the match on Sept. 17, the two teams squared off at Wish Field on Sept. 19. The Ramblers scored the game’s only goal in the 82nd minute with a 20-yard shot from Katie Heidenreich. The Ramblers outshot the Blue Demons, 20-8, while Cara LaRocca totaled seven saves. Notre Dame (Sept. 15) - The top-ranked Irish scored four second-half goals in a 5-0 win over DePaul. Notre Dame attempted 31 shots while holding DePaul to just two attempts. Cara LaRocca finished the match with 10 saves. Northern Illinois (Sept. 10) - The action started early with the matches five goals scored in the first half. Following a Northern Illinois goal in the sixth minute, Lauren Spacht tallied her second score of the season at 22:29 followed by Stefanie Foley’s first career goal at 33:42. Just before halftime, NIU tied the match at 43:52 before Kelly DeBaene knocked in the game-winner on a 30-yarder at 44:10. Cara LaRocca finished the afternoon with eight saves as DePaul was outshot, 16-15. Southeast Missouri State (Sept. 8) - Two goals by Alissa VonderHaar and another by Lea Hill gave the Blue Demons a 3-0 lead 60 minutes into the match. The Redhawks answered with two scores, but couldn’t find a equalizer. Cara LaRocca finished the game with 10 saves, including nine in the second half. Drake (Sept. 3) - Drake broke a scoreless tie with the game-winner in the 88th minute. The Bulldogs outshot the Blue Demons, 15-9, while DePaul goalkeeper Cara LaRocca finished with a dozen saves. Eastern Illinois (Sept. 1) - Lauren Spacht scored her first goal of the season to give the Blue Demons a lead 88 seconds into the match. The Panthers tied the match in the 62nd minute and neither team could find the net over the remainder of the match. DePaul outshot Eastern Illinois, 16-12, in the match. Eastern Washington (Aug. 27) - Jennifer Dyer and Shannon Williams scored first-half goals for DePaul while Cara LaRocca notched her first shutout of the season. Dyer tallied the eventual game-winner in the 32nd minute followed by Williams in the 43rd minute. The Blue Demons outshot the Eagles, 25-7, while LaRocca made five save. Northwestern (Aug. 25) - DePaul opened the season with a 2-1 loss at Wish Field. Jennifer Dyer scored in the 83rd minute while Cara LaRocca finished with a career-high 11 saves. The Blue Demons were outshot, 20-5, and Northwestern attempted 16 corner kicks.
Looking Forward: The four-match homestand concludes next weekend as Rutgers and Seton Hall visit Wish Field next weekend. The Scarlet Knights begin the final home weekend on Oct. 6 before an Oct. 8 match against Seton Hall. The Blue Demons conclude the schedule with four straight road matches starting Oct. 13 at Providence.
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.