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Blue Demons Host Billikens on Friday

CHICAGO – The women’s soccer team returns to Wish Field for a Friday afternoon match against Saint Louis before traveling to Charlotte for a Sunday afternoon tilt.  The Blue Demons stand at 7-4-0 overall and 2-2-0 in Conference USA action after losing at Indiana and winning at Western Illinois last weekend.  DePaul will have their work cut out for them this weekend as Saint Louis stands at 9-3 overall and 3-1 in league play while 15th-ranked Charlotte is 9-0-1 and 3-0-1.

Looking at the Blue Demons
DePaul enters the weekend at 7-4-0 overall and 2-2-0 in C-USA play... they are currently tied for sixth place in the league standings with Houston... the top eight finishers advance to the C-USA Tournament at the end of the regular season... DePaul’s next victory will set a new program mark for single-season wins… seven  of the last eight matches have been a shutout with DePaul winning five times... the 1-0 loss at Southern Miss on Sept. 22 snapped a program-best five-match win streak... a year ago, the squad won five straight to start the season... the 1-0 victory at South Florida on Sept. 20 ended a 17-match conference winless streak for DePaul... during that span, they were 0-16-1... the Blue Demons have posted five shutouts this season... Lindsey Deason, Erica Keppel and Megan Pekala have combined for a 0.73 goals against average while making 41 saves... eight players have scored 19 goals... the Blue Demons have outscored their opponents, 19-8, while taking an average of just under five more shots per game... 20 goals is the team record for a season... Julianne Sitch leads the club with 14 points on six goals and two assists... she has tallied at least a goal or an assist in six of the 11 matches... Krissy Seberhagen has seven points on three goals and an assist… Ogonnaya Dotson-Newman has scored three times while Margo Sackmaster has scored twice with two assists... Christy Young has five points on a pair of goals and an assist… Bren Sugarman, Lindsey Deason and Amy Witt have one goal each... Amber Prindle is tied with Sackmaster and Sitch for the team lead with two assists... Erin Walter, Erin Davren and Colleen Ahearn have been credited with one assist each... with eight matches remaining, the Blue Demons play just three more times at Wish Field... head coach John Wilson is in his third season in Lincoln Park.

Numerically Speaking
The latest NCAA statistical rankings spot the Blue Demon defense among the national leaders.  Through games of Oct. 6, DePaul is tied with Cal Poly for 26th in the country with a with a 0.73 team goals against average (8 goals in 990 minutes).

On the Conference USA scene, DePaul's goals against average and goals allowed are ranked first in the league.  The Blue Demons are also just one of three teams, joining Marquette and Saint Louis, to register at least five shutouts this season.  They are also ranked in the league’s top five in shots, goals per game and corner kicks.

Individually, freshman Julianne Sitch is among league leaders in various categories.  She is ranked in the top three in C-USA in shots, shots per game and game-winning goals.  Teammate Lindsey Deason is fifth in shutouts.

Updating the Recordbook
In the 5-0 win on Sept. 1 at IPFW, the Blue Demons tallied their largest margin of victory in the program's seven-year history.  The previous high was a 4-0 win on Oct. 27, 1999 against Loyola-Chicago.  The five scores also set a single-game record for the women's soccer program.  The Blue Demons tied the previous record on Sept. 13 with the 4-0 victory against Drury.

With DePaul’s next victory they will set a new program-best mark for single-season wins.  With the win on Sunday at Western Illinois, the Blue Demons tied the 1999 squad with their seventh victory.  With 19 team goals this season, the squad needs just two more scores to break the team record of 20 goals set in 2001 and 1999.

Senior forward Christy Young inched her way closer to the top spot on the career leaders chart with an assist against Idaho on Sept. 15.  The Ft. Wayne, Ind., native tied Jeannette Croce (1997-00) with her 35th career point on the assist.  Young, who holds the top spot with eight assists, has totaled 35 points and 13 goals.  Her 13 scored also ranks second to Croce on the career goal chart.

DePaul's five-match win streak in September equaled the program-best mark set at the beginning of last season.

Threatening the Recordbook
In just 11 collegiate matches, Julianne Sitch has already established herself in DePaul's seven-year old recordbook.  Sitch is already in the top five in career points and goals and in the to 10 in career assists.  On the single-season chart, she is just a point shy of equaling the 15 points by Maria Martinez in 1997.  Her next goal will also tie her with three other players for the single-season record.

Looking at the Weekend Opponents
Saint Louis Billikens
– Saint Louis begins the weekend of play at 9-3-0 overall and 3-1-0 in C-USA play… last weekend, they won the Wildcat Classic, defeating Idaho State, 1-0, and tourney host Arizona, 5-1…  Jamie Perry was named the league’s Player of the Week after earning Wildcat Classic MVP honors… the Billikens’ goals against average of 0.75 is right behind DePaul’s 0.73 in the C-USA statistical rankings… they have won four straight matches… head coach Tim Champion is in his seventh season with the Billikens and owns a record of 74-44-13 at Saint Louis… the series: Friday marks the seventh meeting between the Blue Demons and Billikens with Saint Louis winning the previous six matchups... a year ago, the Billikens won, 6-0, at Saint Louis.

Charlotte 49ers – Ranked No. 15 by the NSCAA, Charlotte enters the weekend at 9-0-1 overall and 3-0-1 in C-USA action… they host No. 14 Marquette on Friday… the 49ers lone blemish is a 2-2 tie against Houston on Sept. 20… freshman Courtney Crandell leads the league with 24 points on 11 goals and two assists… head coach Neil Roberts is in his fourth season with a 43-23-8 record at Charlotte... the series: Sunday marks the seventh meeting between the Blue Demons and 49ers... Charlotte has taken five of the meetings while the two schools played to a 1-1 draw in 1998… a year ago, Charlotte won, 4-1, on a sloppy Wish Field.

Last Time Out - DePaul 2, Western Illinois 1
The DePaul women’s soccer team tied a program-best with their seventh win of the season on Sunday afternoon.  The Blue Demons defeated Western Illinois, 2-1, to improve their overall record to 7-4-0.  The win also bettered the six victories set last season.

DePaul outshot Western Illinois, 20-3, in the first half and scored their two goals in a span of just over a minute.  The first score of the afternoon came on a header by Amy Witt.  Witt’s first career goal was off a cross from Colleen Ahearn at 24:50.  Just 71 seconds later, the Blue Demons struck again as Krissy Seberhagen scored an unassisted goal at 26:01.  The score was Seberhagen’s third of the season.

From that point, the match was scoreless.  DePaul has numerous opportunities as they total 30 shots in the match.  Western scored in the 69th minute, but the DePaul defense locked down the Westerwinds for the 2-1 final.  Lindsey Deason, Lauren Geiger and Megan Pekala combined for five saves in the match while allowing the one Western Illinois goal.

Weekly Planner
The Blue Demons play their final two regular-season home matches next weekend.  DePaul hosts Louisville on Oct. 18 before playing Cincinnati on Oct. 20.  The four Blue Demons seniors will be honored prior to the Cincinnati match.