Blue Demons Play Two on the Road
DePaul at Providence
DePaul at Connecticut
CHICAGO - The DePaul women’s soccer team closes the regular season with four straight road matches starting on Friday afternoon at Providence. Following the match with Friars, the Blue Demons head to Connecticut for a Sunday afternoon game against the Huskies. The regular season concludes next weekend with games at Georgetown and Villanova.
Noting the Blue Demons: The 1-1 tie against Seton Hall ended a season-high seven-match losing streak... during the slide, the team has been outscored, 18-2... 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… the seven-game losing streak is the longest since a nine-game slide during the 2001 season... Cara LaRocca’s 109 saves this season (14 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 10 of 14 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 41 points on 15 goals and 11 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... the Blue Demons are 19-12-2 in the last four seasons in matches at Wish Field.
Scouting Providence: The Friars begin the weekend at 3-5-5 overall and 0-5-2 in BIG EAST play... Providence dropped a 3-2 decision to St. John’s in their last match on Sunday afternoon... Ashley Amaral and Jill Camburn lead the team with five points each on two goals and an assist... head coach Jim McGirr is in his first season with the Friars. The Series: Friday is the second meeting between the two programs.... DePaul claimed a 3-2 decision at Wish Field in the first meeting last season.
Checking on Connecticut: The Huskies host Notre Dame on Friday night... they enter Friday’s action at 7-7-1 overall and 4-3-0 in league play... Connecticut blanked St. John’s and Syracuse in BIG EAST matches last weekend... Brittany Taylor leads the team with 15 points on seven goals and an assist... as a team, the Huskies have scored 26 goals while allowing 17 scores... head coach Len Tsantiris is in his 25th season in Storrs. The Series: Sunday is the second all-time game between the Blue Demons and Huskies... Connecticut knocked off DePaul, 2-1, in Chicago last season.
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.
Looking Forward: The four-match road trip starts at Providence on Oct. 13. DePaul finishes the weekend at Connecticut on Oct. 15. The final regular-season weekend has the Blue Demons at Georgetown on Oct. 20 and Villanova on Oct. 22.
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.