25 Sep DePaul Begins BIG EAST Play on the East Coast
CHICAGO – DePaul women’s soccer heads to Queens, N.Y. to take on St. John’s on Sunday at noon CT. The Blue Demons kick off conference play after posting a 3-5 record during non-conference action this fall. Sunday’s match at Belson Stadium in Queens will be broadcast on the BIG EAST Digital Network presented by SoFi on FloSports.
The Red Storm and Blue Demons meet for the first time since 2019 on Sunday. DePaul will enter the match holding an all-time 5-3-1 series edge. The Blue Demons claimed a 2-0 win in the sides’ last meeting back in 2019.
St. John’s enters Sunday’s match with a 5-2-1 record and is coming off a BIG EAST opener victory versus UConn earlier this week. For the Blue Demons, the trip to New York is the first of two road trips to begin conference play this season.
BACK IN THE WIN COLUMN
The Blue Demons broke a losing streak with a 3-0 win last Saturday versus Eastern Illinois on Alumni Day. The Blue Demons’ offensive outburst came after a tough stretch against quality non-conference opponents. The Blue Demons enter Sunday’s match with a 3-5 record.
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Graduate student Morgan Turner has led the Blue Demon offense this fall, tallying a team-high four goals. Turner has 26 career goals as a Blue Demon and is one goal away from cracking into the top five all-time list in DePaul women’s soccer history. Turner scored in the second half of DePaul’s win over Eastern Illinois on Sept. 18. Turner was named to the All-BIG EAST second team following the 2020-21 campaign. Turner earned first-team honors following a 10-goal output in the Blue Demons’ last full season in 2019.
BIG EAST HONORS
DePaul defender Grace Phillpotts was named BIG EAST defensive player of the week on Sept. 20 after the Blue Demons’ win over EIU. Phillpotts tallied a pair of assists in the Blue Demons’ win on Saturday. Phillpotts provided quality services to Boos and Morgan Turner on their second-half goals in the 3-0 victory. Phillpotts pair of assists gave the sophomore a new single-match career high and were her first of the season. Phillpotts also led the Blue Demon defense to its third shutout of the season. The Blue Demon backline has allowed multiple goals on just one occasion this season – the season opener versus Iowa.
HONOR ROLL STATUS
DePaul’s Kristin Boos and Mollie Eriksson were tabbed to the conference honor roll for their performances in the 3-0 win. Boos tallied her first goal of the season in Saturday’s match. Boos was set up by Phillpotts on the attack and buried a quick shot to give DePaul a 2-0 advantage. Boos’ honor roll nod was her first since 2019. As a freshman, she scored three goals and earned BIG EAST second team honors in her debut season as a Blue Demon. Eriksson earned honor roll status after making three saves in the shutout on Saturday. Eriksson has now posted three shutouts this fall and has made three or more saves in each of the last five matches. The senior’s honor roll recognition is her first BIG EAST honor since being tabbed goalkeeper of the week back in 2019.
ST. JOHN’S NOTES
- Head coach Ian Stone is in his 28th season at the helm of the St. John’s program. He has led St. John’s to 18 postseason tournament appearances and three NCAA Tournament berths.
- The BIG EAST’s top goal scorer, Zsani Kajan has tallied ten goals through seven matches this season. Kajan ranks second in the NCAA in goals. Kajan ranks in the top 25 of NCAA active goal scorers.
- St. John’s has scored 23 goals this season and has only been shutout once, a 2-0 loss versus Yale on Sept. 19.
- St. John’s defeated UConn, 3-0, in the conference opener on Sept. 23 in Storrs, Conn.
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