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Blue Demons Return to Wish Field



CHICAGO – The DePaul women’s soccer team plays their first home match since Sept. 21 with a Friday afternoon game against Cincinnati.  The Blue Demons wrap up the weekend with a Sunday afternoon contest against the Louisville Cardinals.  The club enters the weekend at 9-4-1 overall and 4-1-1 in C-USA play and is in second place in the league standings.
 
Noting the Blue Demons
DePaul’s 9-4-1 start is the best in the program’s eight seasons… the 4-1-1 beginning in C-USA play is also a program first… with one more win, the club will match the single-season victory total set last year… the four league wins are the best in school history… they have outscored their opponents, 22-12, with five shutouts… DePaul’s single-season record is six shutouts set last year… the Blue Demons have outscored their opponents 15-6 in the second half and overtime… they have also taken 252 shots compared to 171 for the opposition… Julianne Sitch leads the club and Conference USA with 23 points and 10 goals… on DePaul’s 22 goals, there have been 17 assists… in addition to Sitch, six other players have scored at least one goal this season… freshman Lauren Spacht is second on the team with 12 points on four goals and four assists while sophomore Erin Walter has scored three goals… the Blue Demons play the next four games at home… in non-conference matches over the last three seasons, DePaul is 18-8… all time in Conference USA play (seven years), the club holds a 14-56-7 record… head coach John Wilson is in his fourth season with the Blue Demons.

Road Warriors
The Blue Demons have played 11 of their first 14 matches on the road.  With the 6-4-1 record on the road this season, the club has matched their season-best total of six victories away from Wish Field set last season.  DePaul plays four of their last five matches at home where they are 3-0-0 this season with two shutouts.

All Alone
With nine points, the women’s soccer team stands in second place with four league matches left in the regular season.  At 4-1-1 in league play, the Blue Demons are behind Tulane at 5-1-0 (10 pts.) and ahead of TCU (4-1-0), UAB (4-2-0) and Marquette (4-2-0) with eight points each.  The top eight teams will earn a spot to the league tournament in Charlotte, Nov. 5-8.

In the preseason C-USA Coaches Poll, DePaul was picked to finish ninth, just ahead of USF at No. 10.  The preseason favorite, Cincinnati, is currently 1-4-0 in league action.

Conference USA Standings (C-USA record - points)
1. Tulane (5-1-0 – 10)
2. DePaul (4-1-1 – 9)
3. TCU (4-1-0 – 8)
3. UAB (4-2-0 – 8)
3. Marquette (4-2-0 – 8)
6. Saint Louis (3-2-1 – 7)
6. East Carolina (2-1-3 – 7)
6. USF (3-2-1 – 7)
9. Charlotte (2-3-1 – 5)
10. Louisville (1-3-1 – 3)
10. Southern Miss (1-4-1 – 3)
12. Cincinnati (1-4-0 – 2)
12. Houston (1-5-0 – 2)
14. Memphis (0-4-1 – 1)

The Honors Keep Rolling In
After setting DePaul’s single-season scoring record as a freshman, Julianne Sitch hasn’t missed a step through 14 matches in 2003.  The midfielder/forward has been named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week three times while also garnering National Elite Team of the Week honors from Soccer Buzz.  Sitch is the only offensive player in the league to garner Player of the Week recognition on more than one occasion.  She leads the league in shots, points, goals and game-winning goals.

Through 33 career matches, she owns two career records.  Her 44 career points are ranked first in DePaul history as are the 18 career goals.  The sophomore is second all-time with eight career assists.  Last weekend, she broke her own single-season scoring record with her 23rd point.

Conference USA Offensive Players of Week
Sept. 2 – Meghan McCallion, So., F, East Carolina & Jessica Traver, Fr., F, Tulane
Sept. 8 – Julianne Sitch, So., MF/F, DePaul & Carolyn Klopp, Sr., MF/F, Marquette
Sept. 15 – Nikki Hawkins, Jr., MF, Houston & Lindsay Morris, Jr., F, Tulane
Sept. 22 – Julianne Sitch, So., MF/F, DePaul & Jill Knottek, Sr., F, UAB
Sept. 29 – Julianne Sitch, So., MF/F, DePaul
Oct. 6 – Christie Cigno, So., MF, Saint Louis
Oct. 13 – Kim Miles, Jr., MF, Charlotte

Conference USA Defensive Players of the Week
Sept. 2 – Leah Peterson, Fr., D, Tulane
Sept. 8 – Katie Bissen, Jr., GK, Marquette
Sept. 15 – Penny Perrott, Sr., D, East Carolina
Sept. 22 – Kara Kornfeld, Jr., D, Saint Louis
Sept. 29 – Megan Morey, So., GK, Tulane
Oct. 6 – Anny Lucier, Sr., D, Saint Louis
Oct. 13 – Katie Bissen, Jr., GK, Marquette

Ranked in the Region
For the first time in the program’s eight-year history, the DePaul women’s soccer team have been ranked in the Great Lakes region by Soccer Buzz and the NSCAA.  The Blue Demons are tied for 10th in the Great Lakes region by the online soccer magazine Soccer Buzz. With the loss at Charlotte and a tie at East Carolina, the club was dropped from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) rankings.  The nation’s No. 2 team Notre Dame remained in the region’s top slot in both polls.

Soccer Buzz Great Lakes Region Top 10
1. Notre Dame (14-0-1)
2. Purdue (9-2-2)
3. Illinois (9-3-1)
4. Ohio State (8-2-3)
5. Dayton (8-4-1)
6. Oakland (9-3-1)
7. Wisconsin (7-6-1)
8. Kentucky (6-5-2)
9. Michigan State (7-6-0)
10. DePaul (9-4-1)
10. Kent State (11-1-2)
10. Northwestern (6-6-1)

DePaul’s record when…
playing at home: 3-0-0
playing on the road: 6-4-1
playing on a neutral field: 0-0-0
playing during the day: 7-1-1
playing at night: 2-3-0
the match goes to overtime: 2-0-0
the match is decided by one goal: 5-3-0
the match is decided by two goals: 3-1-0
the match is decided by three goals: 0-0-0
the match is decided by four or more goals: 1-0-0
DePaul takes more shots: 7-4-1
opponent takes more shots: 2-0-0
DePaul takes a penalty kick: 0-0-0
opponent takes a penalty kick: 0-0-0

Conference Breakdown
In their 10 non-conference matches, the Blue Demons face teams from six different conferences.  Listed below is a look at DePaul’s record against each of those Division I conferences in 2003:

Big Ten: 0-1-0
Big 12: 1-1-0
Conference USA: 4-1-1
Horizon: 1-0-0
Mid-American: 1-0-0
Missouri Valley: 1-0-0
Mountain West: 0-1-0
Independents: 1-0-0
Overall Record: 9-4-1

In the Conference USA Rankings (as of Oct. 8)
Team Rankings
Shots – 2nd (252)
Points – 6th (61)
Goals – 5th (22)
Assists – 7th (17)
Goals Allowed – 2nd (12)
Goals Against Average – 2nd (0.83)
Saves – 6th (70)
Shutouts – T5th (5)
Corners – 4th (63)

Individual Rankings
Shots
1. Julianne Sitch – 72

Points
1. Julianne Sitch – 23

Goals
1. Julianne Sitch – 10

Assists
T5. Lauren Spacht – 4
T9. Julianne Sitch – 3

Game-Winning Goals
1. Julianne Sitch – 5

Goals Against Average
2. Lindsey Deason – 0.83

Save Percentage
1. Lindsey Deason – .850

Saves
T2. Lindsey Deason – 68

Shutouts
T1. Lindsey Deason – 5

In the NCAA Rankings (as of Oct. 12)
Team Rankings (300 teams ranked)
Scoring Offense – 135th (1.57)
Goals Against Average – 44th (0.829)
Shutout Pct. – 99th (0.36)
Winning Pct. – 55th (0.679)

Scouting the Weekend Opponents
Cincinnati – The Bearcats enter Friday’s match at 3-10-1 overall and 1-4-0 in C-USA action… they were the preseason favorite as selected by the C-USA coaches… Tasha Wagner leads the club with 14 points on five goals and four assists… in league play, they have defeated Memphis while losing to TCU, UAB, USF and Marquette… head coach Meridy Glenn is in her 21st season at Cincinnati… the series: the Bearcats lead the all-time series, 7-0-0… in the series, Cincinnati has outscored DePaul, 22-2, including last year’s 2-0 win at Wish Field.

Louisville – The Cardinals begin the weekend at 6-5-2 overall and 1-3-1 in conference play… they take on Saint Louis on Friday night before playing the Blue Demons on Sunday… Liz Kinny and Jamie Craft lead the team with 15 points each… Craft has five goals and five assists while Kinny has scored six goals with three helpers… in C-USA play, Louisville has topped Southern Miss while falling to UAB, USF and Marquette while playing to a 1-1 tie with Memphis… head coach Karen Ferguson is in her fourth season at Louisville… the series: Sunday is the eighth meeting between the two programs… DePaul has won four of the previous seven meetings including last year’s 3-0 win in Chicago.
 
Looking Forward
DePaul wraps up the regular season at home next weekend with matches against Marquette and Eastern Illinois.  The Blue Demons take on the Golden Eagles on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m.  Sunday’s match is Senior Day with the game kicking off at 1 p.m. with Eastern Illinois.

The final regular season match of the season will be Nov. 1 at Saint Louis.  The 2003 Conference USA Tournament is set for Nov. 5-8 in Charlotte, N.C.