The DePaulia

Big East moves to conference-only schedule for fall sports

Big East commissioner Val Ackerman

Lawrence Kreymer, Sports Editor

July 16, 2020

The Big East announced on Thursday that they are canceling all non-conference games for the fall season. But the earliest the Big East will begin its conference season is in October, a source confirmed to The DePaulia on Friday. For DePaul, the current plan is to bring back soccer players for workouts...

COVID-19 has disrupted international sports tournaments that were going to take place in the summer

The empty Allianz Arena is seen prior to the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt in Munich, Germany, Saturday, May 23, 2020.

Sahil Gujarati, Contributing Writer

May 23, 2020

UEFA convened a telephone call featuring its major stakeholders back on March 14 to plan European football's response to the coronavirus. The governing body's 55 member associations, the EU Club Association, European Leagues and the international players' union Fifpro were all represented. Reschedul...

Wish Field struggles with attendance due to lack of soccer culture

Source: Bloomberg

Bella Michaels, Contributing Writer

April 29, 2019

A late, brilliant goal is blasted into the upright corner net. As the player celebrates his winning goal, his teammates rush over to him one by one and he pauses. He looks over to the sunlit stands, as sweat drips down his face and sees emptiness. He wondered, who was he playing for? In a field that ...

COMMENTARY: Moving to Soldier Field will make or break the Fire

Only 10,439 people were in attendance for the Chicago Fire game against the Vancouver Whitecaps on April 12 at SeatGeek stadium.

Connor McEleney, Contributing Writer

April 22, 2019

The Chicago Fire are irrelevant in the greater Chicago sports landscape. If the Bears and Cubs are garish hydrangeas, the Fire are dead tulips in the back corner of the garden. They haven’t bloomed in two decades. The gardener gave up on the tulips and now focuses solely on cultivating the healthiest,...

Cerny hits home stretch of time at DePaul

Jacqueline Brennan, Contributing Writer

October 15, 2018

Senior year is closing in fast, and as Franny Cerny laces up her cleats and begins to pump up her team, she knows that she left it all on the field and wouldn’t change her time on the DePaul Women’s soccer team for the world. Photo Courtesy of DePaul Athletics “It’s almost surreal...

DePaul bounces back with win in overtime

Lawrence Kreymer, Asst. Sports Editor

September 30, 2018

In their third Big East conference game of the season and home conference opener, DePaul (6-4-2; 2-1 Big East) hosted the Creighton Blue Jays on Sunday. In an exciting back-and-forth game that saw great scoring scoring opportunities for each team, the Blue Demons prevailed in overtime with a 2-1 victory...

Transfers make an early impact

Transfers make an early impact

Andrew Hattersley, Sports Editor

September 24, 2018

An opportunity. That’s what a trio of athletes were searching for when they started exploring their transfer options this summer after experiencing successful seasons in the Big Ten and NCAA Tournament. It coincided with the arrival of new DePaul head coach Mark Plotkin, who was looking for opp...

DePaul falters in consecutive losses

DePaul falters in consecutive losses

Lawrence Kreymer, Asst. Sports Editor

September 24, 2018

In their penultimate non-conference game, DePaul (4-5; 1-1 Big East) lost 1-0 in overtime to their intra-city rival, Loyola- Chicago (3-3). Both Loyola and DePaul struggled to create many goal scoring opportunities in the first half, with the Blue Demons not registering one shot. With both teams visibly...

Senior midfielder Ben drafted by Chicago Red Stars

Senior midfielder Alexa Ben lead the Blue Demons to the Big East tournament this season.  
(Photo Courtesy of DePaul Athletics)

Paul Steeno, Sports Reporter

January 22, 2018

On Wednesday, she was a senior DePaul Blue Demon student athlete with doubts about whether her soccer career would continue. By Thursday, she was a professional athlete. The Chicago Red Stars of the 10-team National Women’s Soccer League selected Blue Demon midfielder Alexa Ben with the 37th overall...

Men’s and women’s soccer end tough seasons

Men's and women's soccer end tough seasons

Shane Rene and Garret Neal

November 6, 2017

A 1-0 win against St. John’s on Oct. 26 punched DePaul’s ticket into the Big East tournament for the third season in a row. On Wednesday, DePaul took on Providence in the first round. Read More »...

A sweet end to a sour season

(Photo courtesy of DePaul Athletics)

Andrew Hattersley

November 5, 2017

A tough season ended on a positive note for DePaul men’s soccer on Wednesday, Nov. 1 as they knocked off rival Marquette 3-1 at Wish Field. With the win, DePaul closes out the season 5-11-2 and 2-6-1 in conference play leaving them ninth in the Big East. The game did not get off to a good start for the Blue...

El-Shafei lifts DePaul over Butler in double overtime

El-Shafei lifts DePaul over Butler in double overtime

Jack Higgins

October 26, 2016

After 109 minutes played and double overtime against the Butler Bulldogs (9-5-1), it looked as though the DePaul men’s soccer team (8-6-2) would only take a single point away from their final home game Wednesday. However, DePaul freshman forward Zach El-Shafei found a deflected ball with less than...

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