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Women's Soccer ends Regular Season at Home



CHICAGO- The DePaul Blue Demons conclude the regular season by hosting Seton Hall and Rutgers this weekend at Wish Field. Contest with the Pirates is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon. Seton Hall currently sits a point ahead the Blue Demons with four points in the National Division holding a 1-7-1 BIG EAST record although losing its last four matches.

Rutgers swings by the Windy City on Sunday for a 1 p.m. kickoff. The Scarlet Knights hold a 6-2-1 mark in BIG EAST play to maintain the second spot within the National Division.

Noting the Blue Demons: Ten different players have tallied at least one goal this season... Michelle Scandora’s three goals lead the team while Tara Strickland has totaled a team-high seven points on three assists and two goals... DePaul has scored 15 goals through 17 matches compared to 18 in 19 games in 2007... the eight goals in contests against Western Illinois, Miami (Ohio) and Northwestern are the highest three-game total since 11 in Oct. 2004... with two goals in each of those matches, it also marks the first time the Blue Demons have had three consecutive games with two or more goals since Oct. 2004... the 0-5 start to begin the 2008 season marks the third time in team history with a season-opening five straight defeats (1996, 1997)... with a goal against Northwestern on Sept. 14, Shannon Williams moved into a tie for eighth all-time with nine goals and a tie for ninth all-time with 21 points (9G/3A)... her third assist came in the season opener... goalkeeper Kelsey Hoinkes has recorded 10 saves in four occasions throughout her career (two this season)... seven players have played in all 17 matches this season: Molly Borchardt, Morgan Celaya, Arianna Foster, Callie Hemming, Janina Locascio, Casey Mercurio and Michelle Scandora... of those seven, Borchardt, Celaya and Mercurio have started every game... head coach Erin Chastain is in her second season at DePaul... 2008 is the 13th season of women’s soccer at DePaul University.

Scouting Seton Hall: The Pirates stand at 5-9-2, 1-7-1 BIG EAST and ride a four-game losing streak after falling 2-0 to St. John’s on Oct. 19, in addition to dropped contests to Cincinnati, Louisville and Syracuse... junior midfielder Katie Andreski leads the team with six goals and 13 points... despite outshooting their opponents (211-180) the team has been outscored 23-19 this season... head coach Kazbek Tambi is in his second season at the healm of the women’s soccer program. The Series: The Blue Demons have never defeated Seton Hall as the team holds a 0-2-1 record against the Pirates. DePaul fell in the last match, 0-1, on Oct. 28, 2007 at Carrol Field.

Rutgers Review: The Scarlet Knights enter the weekend second in the National Division with 19 points and a 6-2-1 mark in conference play... Rutgers has won 4 of their last 6 matches, including a 1-0 defeat over Syracuse last weekend... Caycie Gusman leads the way with eight goals on the season... head coach Glenn Crooks is in his ninth season... the Scarlet Knights visits Notre Dame on Friday. The Series: Sunday is the fourth all-time meeting. DePaul is 1-2-0 against Rutgers after a 2-0 loss last October.

Preseason Picks: The Blue Demons were picked to finish eighth in the National Division of the BIG EAST preseason poll. Notre Dame was selected to finish first in the National Division while West Virginia received the top spot in the American Division. Notre Dame’s Brittany Bock was the selection for Preseason Offensive Player of the Year while Villanova’s Kelly Eagan was named the Defensive Player of the Year. The Goalkeeper of the Year was Stephanie Labbe of Connecticut.

2008 BIG EAST Championship: The semifinals and championship of the 2008 BIG EAST Women’s Soccer Championship will be Nov. 7 and 9 at Notre Dame’s Alumni Field. The first round and quarterfinal matches will be hosted by the higher-seeded team on Oct. 30 and Nov. 2. The champion receives the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship. CBS College Sports Network will broadcast the semifinal and championship matches. The top five teams in each division qualify for the league tournament.