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Sitch Named C-USA Player of the Week for Third Time



CHICAGO - For the second week in a row and the third time in the last four weeks, Julianne Sitch has been named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week.  The sophomore led the Blue Demons to a first place with a pair of C-USA wins this weekend at Memphis and UAB while making an early push for the league’s Player of the Year honor.
 
Both wins this weekend came in overtime with identical 2-1 scores.  With the Blue Demons trailing 1-0 on Friday, she tied things up with just over two minutes left in regulation.  In addition to tying the match, the goal placed Sitch in first place on DePaul’s all-time scoring list.  Kelly DeBaene scored the game-winner in the first overtime for the 2-1 win.

On Sunday, it was Sitch’s turn to score the ‘golden goal’ to give the Blue Demons their eighth win in the last nine matches.  With less than a minute left in the second overtime period, Sitch broke through the UAB defense knocked in the game-winner with just 35 seconds left on the clock.

Through 10 matches, Sitch leads C-USA with 20 points on nine goals and a pair of assists.  Five of her nine scores this season have been game-winners.  Twice this season Sitch has scored two goals in a match at UW-Green Bay and against Toledo.  She needs just one more point to tie her own single-season scoring record at DePaul that she set last year.

Over 29 career games, Sitch is atop most of the career records in DePaul soccer history.  Her 41 points are a career scoring record as is her 17 career goals.  The seven career assists are tied for second all-time.  The Oswego, Ill., native was named Co-Offensive Player of the Week earlier this season on two occasions and has been named to Soccer Buzz National Elite Team of the Week twice.

The Blue Demons play a pair of road matches this weekend at Air Force and Colorado College.  DePaul returns to Conference USA play the following weekend with games at Charlotte and East Carolina.