Women's Soccer Goes on the Road

CHICAGO – With two of the final four regular season matches against Conference USA opponents, the Blue Demons are looking to make a push for the league tourney in November.  On Friday, DePaul play a non-conference game at Valparaiso before traveling to East Carolina for a Sunday afternoon C-USA matchup.  Internet audio will be available the Valparaiso match.


Live Audio Available on Friday

Click here for live audio coverage of the women’s match at Valparaiso on Friday.  Just click on the “WebCast” link to get the broadcast of the match.  Kickoff is at 1 p.m.


Looking at the Blue Demons
DePaul enters the weekend at 8-7-0 overall and 3-5-0 in C-USA play... they are 5-2-0 in non-conference games… the victory over Louisville on Oct. 18 set a new program mark for single-season wins... nine of the last 12 matches have been a shutout with DePaul winning six 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 six shutouts this season... Lindsey Deason, Erica Keppel, Lauren Geiger and Megan Pekala have combined for a 1.20 goals against average while making 61 saves... eight players have scored 22 goals... the Blue Demons have outscored their opponents, 22-18, while taking an average of three more shots per game... 20 goals was the team record for a season... Julianne Sitch leads the club with 17 points on seven goals and three assists... Margo Sackmaster is second with 10 points on four goals and a pair of assists while Krissy Seberhagen has eight points on three goals and two assists... all three of Seberhagen's goals have been game-winners... Ogonnaya Dotson-Newman has scored three times... 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 Sitch for the team lead with three assists... Witt, Erin Walter, Erin Davren and Colleen Ahearn have been credited with one assist each... the Blue Demons play their final four regular season matches on the road... head coach John Wilson is in his third season in Lincoln Park.


Updating the Recordbook
DePaul's eight wins and 22 goals have set new single-season marks.  The Blue Demons won seven matches in 1999 and scored 20 goals in 1999 and 2001.  Their current goals against average of 1.20 betters the all-time mark of 1.66 set by the 1999 squad.


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.


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 scores also rank second to Croce on the career goal chart.


In just 15 collegiate matches, Julianne Sitch has already established herself in DePaul's seven-year old recordbook.  Sitch is in the top five in career points and goals and in the top 10 in career assists.  On the single-season chart, she set the new scoring record with her seventh goal and third assist of the season for 17 points.  She topped the record set by Maria Martinez in 1997 with 15 points.


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


Numerically Speaking
On the Conference USA scene, DePaul is tied for third with 18 goals allowed.  Their goals against average of 1.20 is fifth out of the league's 14 teams.  The Blue Demons are also just one of four teams to register at least six shutouts this season.  Saint Louis leads the league with 10 followed by Cincinnati with nine and Marquette with eight shutouts.  They are also ranked in the league's top three with 75 corner kicks.


Individually, freshman Julianne Sitch is among league leaders in various categories.  She is ranked in the top 10 in C-USA in shots, shots per game, points, points per game, goals, goals per game and game-winning goals.  Teammate Krissy Seberhagen is tied with Sitch in the game-winners category.  Lindsey Deason is tied for fourth with three shutouts.


Looking at the Weekend Opponents
Valparaiso Crusaders
– Valparaiso begins the weekend of play at 5-8-1 overall… the Crusaders are 4-1-0 in Mid-Continent Conference action... last weekend, they split a pair of matches, losing at Bowling Green, 3-0, and winning at Oakland, 2-1… Lori Moore leads the club with 16 points on seven goals and two assists… head coach Stephen Anthony is in his fifth season with the Crusaders... Valparaiso is located in Valparaiso, Ind.  the series: Friday marks the sixth meeting between the Blue Demons and Crusaders with DePaul leading, 3-2... the Blue Demons have won three of the last four meetings, including a 3-1 victory at Wish Field last season.


East Carolina Pirates – The Pirates stand at 8-4-3 overall and 4-2-2 in C-USA action... they host Marquette on Friday afternoon… East Carolina has lost just once in their last seven matches, posting a 5-1-1 record over that span… Meghan McCallion leads the team with 24 points on nine goals and six assists while Amanda Duffy has 20 points on eight goals and four assists… head coach Rob Donnenwirth is in his fourth season at East Carolina… East Carolina is located in Greenville, N.C.... the series: the Pirates won the only meeting between the two programs with a 2-0 win last season in Chicago.


Last Time Out – Cincinnati 2, DePaul 0
Playing in their last match of the regular season at Wish Field, the DePaul women’s soccer team lost, 2-0, to the visiting Cincinnati Bearcats.  The Bearcats scored a goal early in the each half as they outshot DePaul, 10-7.


In the ninth minute of the match, Cincinnati’s Tasha Wagner drove down the right side of the penalty and fired a shot high into the left corner past DePaul keeper Lindsey Deason.  Lisa Stephens and Tiana Oliver were credited with assists after working the ball around and finding Wagner.  The score remained at 1-0 until the Bearcats struck again just over seven minutes into the second stanza.  Off a quick start on a corner kick, Wagner fed Oliver who took two dribbles into the box and found the back of the net.  Wagner’s goal was the last of the match at 52:26.


Weekly Planner
The Blue Demons play their final two matches at Northern Illinois on Oct. 30 and at Marquette on Nov. 2.  The Conference USA Tournament is set for Nov. 6-9 at Transamerica Field in Charlotte, N.C.



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