The Columbia Chronicle

Wildcats Undefeated in the Big Ten After Buckeye Win

By The Columbia Chronicle

October 18, 2012

Doug Pitorak, Contributing WriterThe Northwestern University Wildcats men’s soccer team defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes 1-0 at Lakeside Field Sunday Oct 14, advancing to 3-0 in Big Ten play and 9-2-2 for the season.On a day when large gusts of wind made the path of the ball wildly unpredictable, the Wildcats managed to record their fifth shutout of the season, thanks in no small part to the man in the net.“We were de...

Athlete profile, Vanessa DiBernardo

By Brandon Smith

October 15, 2012

Age: 20College/Team: University of Illinois Fighting IlliniAchievements: Named Player of the Week by The Big Ten, Top Drawer Soccer and College Sports Madness.The Big Ten, Top Drawer Soccer and College Sports Madness have all recently dubbed Vanessa DiBernardo, center midfielder for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaignwomen’s soccer team, Player of the Week after she helped her team defeat Michigan State with a ...

Olympian pulls Rutgers past DePaul on the road

By James Foster

October 8, 2012

The Rutgers University Scarlet Knights needed only an extra 39 seconds of playing time to defeat the DePaul University Blue Demons 1-0 on Oct. 5 at Wish Field.Less than a minute into the 10-minute overtime period, Rutgers’ junior forward Jonelle Filigno finally broke free of the stern Blue Demon’s defense, scoring her 10th goal of the season.“We didn’t track a runner into the box and they slipped a nice pass [to Filigno] and the kid that finished, she’s going to finish that chance,” said DePaul Blue Demons’ head coach Erin Chastain. “She’s that level of a player.”Filigno has played at the Olympics twice, most recently on Canada’s team when it won the bronze-medal in the 2012 London games. She appeared on the Olympic roster for the first time in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.The Blue Demons had a strong defensive plan for Rutgers’ star forward, keeping her quiet for the entire regulation.“We just tried to be physical and prevent [Filigno] from facing up and running at us because that’s where she’s really dangerous, and [we wanted to] limit her shot opportunities,” Chastain said. “I thought we did a good job [but] obviously we lost track of her on the [overtime] goal.”DePaul held the Canadian forward to only one-shot attempt during the first 90 minutes, but could not contain Filigno at all during the overtime period.Despite Chastain’s disappointment in her team’s effort during the “golden goal” period, she said they had a good game and did a great job of playing with energy early on.“That was our game plan, to come out with a lot of energy and intensity and to have a great start, and I thought we did that,” Chastain said.The Blue Demons’ head coach also credited her team’s fast start to the elementary school students in the stands. The DePaul Blue Demons athletic department offers free tickets and bus services to several games a year, including women’s basketball and men’s soccer games.Belmont-Cragin Elementary School, William F. Finkl Academy, Claremont Academy Elementary and Saint Clement School attended in the Oct. 5 game.“The energy and environment was really great for our girls and we’d love to have that many kids out at all our games, but its great that those schools were able to come out and support us and watch a soccer game,” Chastain said. “Hopefully [the children] will aspire to be like one of [the Blue Demons].”The Blue Demons have to regroup quickly for another Big East conference opponent Oct. 7, when Seton Hall visits Wish Field at 1 p.m.“All these games in the Big East are tough grinds, and the Sunday games are always hard,” Chastain said. “We recognize that we threw away a good opportunity to get points today, and we got to go out and get ‘em on Sunday.”

Redline rivalry taken by the Blue Demons

By Nader Ihmoud

September 12, 2012

The University of DePaul Blue Demons men’s soccer team ended its three-game losing streak in exciting fashion as they defeated their Redline rival the Loyola University Ramblers 2-1 on Sept. 11 at Wish Field in Lincoln Park.Both teams started to play a more physical game late in the second half, but the Blue Demons kept their composure. During an injury time-out, following a heated exchange between the two teams, each te...

Featured Athlete: Megan Pyrz

By Brandon Smith

September 10, 2012

Megan Pyrz, a sophomore at DePaul University, started playing goalkeeper for the women’s soccer team as a freshman. She was recently named Big East Goalkeeper of the Week, based on the outstanding season she has recorded so far. In six games, she has allowed only three goals and has made 27 saves, the second most in the Big East conference. The Chronicle met with the Minnesota native before she went home for the Minnesota Gold C...

Athletes’ actions don’t reflect performance

By Lindsey Woods

September 10, 2012

Everyone loves a good controversy, and the wide world of sports has an ample supply. The focus on sports transgressions has recently shifted from teams onto individual athletes and their off-field antics.Chad Johnson, Hope Solo and Geron Johnson are all players who have recently attracted attention for shenanigans unrelated to their athletic abilities. Although these scandalous stories are entertaining, they also indicate...

Blue Demons men’s soccer shows optimism

By Brandon Smith

September 4, 2012

After a 1-1-0 start to its season, the DePaul Blue Demons men’s soccer team might need more than good statistics to stay positive through the remainder of the season.A disappointing loss to the Western Illinois Leathernecks on Aug. 29 is not an indicator of the season’s course, DePaul Head Coach Craig Blazer said. Even though the scoreboard read defeat, the Blue Demons dominated the game statistically with 21 shots on go...

Last minute heroics help Wildcats draw even with Musketeers

By Nader Ihmoud

August 27, 2012

The Northwestern University Wildcats men’s soccer team opened its season Aug. 25 with a draw against the Xavier University Musketeers on its home turf, Lakeside Field, 2247 N. Campus Drive.All hope seemed lost for the Wildcats until goalkeeper Tyler Miller sailed a ball into Musketeer territory, resulting in a foul and penalty kick for Wildcats midfielder Chris Ritter.“I really didn’t know anything or what would happe...

UIC Flames keep playoff hopes alive

By Nader Ihmoud

October 31, 2011

With winds reaching 28 miles per hour, the University of Illinois at Chicago Flames men’s soccer team still found a way to get the ball in the goal on a night that Wright State University could not.The Flames won the match on Oct. 26 at Flames Field, 901 W. Roosevelt Road, 2-0 with goals from the Horizon League conference’s top two scorers, senior forward Eric Frazier (83:22) and junior midfielder Ivan Stanisavljevic (...

Soccer is back

By Nader Ihmoud

October 3, 2011

The Columbia Renegades have added indoor and outdoor co-ed soccer teams to the list of sports available at Columbia.The teams were added during meetings held the week of Sept. 26 after several students volunteered for leadership positions, according to Kevin Hartmann, president of the Renegades.“Soccer’s always been a sport that’s had a lot of interest at Columbia, but we’ve never had a student really step up to ta...

Students need alternatives

By Editorial Board

September 26, 2011

An activist organization, Student Public Interest Research Groups, rallied at Truman College on Sept. 15 to protest the ever-rising costs of textbooks in a movement they call the “Textbook Rebellion.” The group has traveled to college campuses across the country since the start of the fall semester, rallying restive students who feel administrators are unsympathetic to the financial burden placed on them. Thousands of stu...

Going into season, expectations high for the Fire

By JeffGraveline

April 5, 2010

Following a tumultuous 2009-10 season in which the Chicago Fire started strong, but hit a midseason skid that caused the team to limp into the Major League Soccer playoffs with an 11-7-12 record. In the playoffs, the Fire made their third consecutive conference final appearance but lost to Real Salt Lake.For the 2010-11 season, the Fire revamped much of its roster and replaced its head coach, leaving the team much younger ...

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