DePauw Prepares for Rematch with Loras; Game Time Changed

DePauw Prepares for Rematch with Loras; Game Time Changed

Dubuque, Iowa – The round of 16 of the Division III Men's Soccer Championship goes through Dubuque, Iowa, with DePauw set for a rematch against No. 11 Loras College. The two teams are set to square off at Noon CST Friday. The times have been moved up due to heavy snow forecasted for Friday night and Saturday morning. 

Loras (15-4-1) received a first-round bye and defeated Carthage (12-7-3) 3-1 in the second round.

DePauw (12-3-5) defeated Westminster (Mo.) (17-2) in the first round, 1-0, and tied Washington-St.Louis (12-4-3) in the second round, 1-1, before advancing on penalty kicks (8-7).

When the teams met on September 19, Loras was ranked sixth in Division III and suffered its first loss of the season at the hands of an undefeated DePauw team in a 2-0 contest. Julian Gonzalez gave DePauw an early lead in the 12th minute, which allowed DePauw to play more conservatively. Nevertheless, Mitch Reavis broke free late and added some insurance in the 84th minute.

Both teams took 11 shots, and DePauw was able to fend off 10 corners. The match was also rather physical with Loras committing 19 fouls and two yellow cards to DePauw's eight fouls. Chris Yount was in goal for the Tigers for the shutout.

DePauw also had one of its biggest home crowds of its season as nearly 450 people came out during Family Weekend to watch the contest.

This time Loras gets the home field advantage. They're in the tournament for the 11thconsecutive year and have a 23-9-3 tournament record. They failed to get out of the third round last year, falling to Trinity (Texas) 2-1.

DePauw, making its first appearance in the round of 16, is 3-10-1 in 11 tournament trips. This is the Tigers' third tournament appearance in the last five years and first since 2012.

Comparing the teams, DePauw has 37 goals (1.85 per game) and takes about 17 shots per game. They have a 6-1-5 away record and are 1-0 at neutral sites.

Julian Gonzalez leads the Tigers with 22 points (nine goals and four assists). Goalkeeper Chris Yount is 11-3-5 with 77 saves and seven shutouts.

Loras has scored 51 goals this year (2.55 per game) and also averages about 17 shots per game. They are 9-1-1 at home.

Jorge Simon leads the Duhawks with 19 points (eight goals and three assists). Goalkeeper Jacob Peterson is 14-4-1 with 66 saves and eight shutouts.

Loras also hosts the St. Olaf (15-7-1) and Wheaton (Ill.) game, which plays at 2:30 p.m. CST on Friday. Wheaton was last year's runner-up, losing in the championship game to Tufts 4-2.

The winners on Friday advance to the quarterfinals at 5 p.m. CST Saturday at Loras.