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Women's Soccer Resumes C-USA Action

CHICAGO – With six of the last seven matches against Conference USA opponents, the DePaul women’s soccer teams looks to make a move towards the league tournament in November.  The first two steps toward the tourney will be this weekend when the Blue Demons host East Carolina and Charlotte.

A Quick Look at the Blue Demons
DePaul enters the weekend of play at 5-6-1 overall and 0-3-1 in C-USA action.  Since starting the season 5-0, the Blue Demons have been winless in their last seven matches.  In that span, they have lost six times and recorded one tie.  In each of the six loses, DePaul has not scored a goal.

Junior forward Christy Young leads the team with 12 points on five goals and two assists.  Colleen Ahearn, Ogonnaya Dotson-Newman and Kelly Kammer have scored three goals apiece through 12 matches.  Ahearn, Dotson-Newman, Courtney Hannel and Young lead the team with a pair of assists each.

Checking Out the Opponents
Friday’s opponent, East Carolina, begins the weekend of play at 6-5-0 overall.  The Pirates are currently in fourth place with a 3-1-0 league record.  In their last match, they lost to UNC Wilmington, 3-2.  Junior Amanda Duffy was named C-USA Player of the Week last week after scoring four goals in two matches for East Carolina.

The Charlotte 49er’s start the weekend as one of three teams that are undefeated in Conference USA matches.  They play at Marquette, also undefeated, on Friday night.  Charlotte is currently 6-2-2 overall and 4-0-0 in league action.  Leslie Canales and Jennie Leeder lead the team with three goals apiece while Canales and Mikel Casey have totaled three assists each.

In the preseason coach’s poll, Charlotte was picked to finish third and East Carolina was voted seventh.  The Blue Demons were picked to finish 13th out of the 14 C-USA programs.

Last Time Out - Loyola 1, DePaul 0
Despite outshooting the visiting Loyola Ramblers, 11-6, DePaul came up on the short side of the scoreboard on Monday afternoon at Wish Field.  A Loyola goal in the 67th minute dropped DePaul's record to 5-6-1 on the season.

Loyola's Erica Butler found the net at 66:39 to score the match's lone goal.  Butler took a pass from Katie Koning in traffic and shot the ball.  DePaul goalkeeper Lindsey Deason got a hand on it, but it wasn't enough as the ball crossed the goal line.

The Blue Demons had opportunities as they took seven second half shots.  Deason tallied a pair of saves while Loyola's Erica Pedini had five stops.

Honor Roll
For the first time in the program's history, two different players have been named C-USA Player of the Week in the same season.  Christy Young and Ogonnaya Dotson-Newman have earned league honors for the first two weeks of the season.  Kelly Kaiser took defensive honors once in 1998 and 1997.

Dotson-Newman earned league honors after scoring a goal in the 3-1 win over Valparaiso and assisting on two scores in the 3-0 victory over Wisconsin-Green Bay.  For the season, the junior college transfer has scored twice to go with the two assists.

Young was the offensive player of the week after scoring twice and adding an assist in DePaul's first two wins of the season over Indiana State and Western Illinois.  She has five goals and an assist in the five 2001 matches.

In addition to the league honors, senior Katie Hawkins was named to the Soccer America Team of the Week for Sept. 10-16.  She earned the honor after coming off the bench and scoring against IPFW.

Looking at Next Week
Following this weekend’s matches against East Carolina and Charlotte, the Blue Demons go on the road for four straight games.  Next weekend DePaul plays at Louisville and Cincinnati followed by trips to Drury and Saint Louis.  The final match of the regular season will be at Wish Field when the Blue Demons host Marquette on Nov. 3.