Sitch a Game Winner for Blue Demons

Soccer standout Julianne Sitch delighted the Blue Demon faithful in the home-opener against Eastern Illinois on September 2nd at Wish Field. Sitch, a senior forward/midfielder, knocked home the game's only goal with less than a minute to play to give the Blue Demons a 1-0 victory, their first of the season. After the game,'s Dan Biederman was able to catch up with Sitch to discuss the new season, new facilities and her plans for the future.

This season DePaul will be facing stiffer competition in the Big East as they bid farewell to Conference USA. With regards to the Blue Demons' jump to the Big East, Sitch said, "I think we'll do well against the teams, we just gotta stay confident and go out there and play every single game to win."

In addition, Sitch thinks that every player on the DePaul squad will play an important role, "I think every single day someone else will on the team. I think every single game, every single day someone in practice or someone in the game will step up and do something different. Every single day it's someone different out there."

As a senior, Sitch is thinking about her soccer future saying, "I have offers to play in Sweden professionally, so I might do that. I might look into playing in France or somewhere else professionally."

Last summer, Sitch was honored with being chosen to the U-21 United States National team. She toured Brazil and Iceland where the team won the Nordic Cup. "It was awesome," described Julianne. "It was a great experience to play for your country. I've never experienced anything like that. It was definitely a memory I'll never forget." Sitch would love to play for the U.S. in the World Cup or in the Olympics if given the opportunity. She would also be interested in playing in the WUSA, if the league gets resurrected in the near future.

Sitch reports that she and her teammates like the new soccer facilities at Wish Field. She adds that the FieldTurf surface wasn't hard to get used to because the team had practiced at a facility that used the same type of FieldTurf. She adds, "It's nice, I mean it's not grass; that's what I like the best, but it's nice. It's very nice."

Sitch, out of Oswego High School, chose DePaul because of the city, the team and the chance "to be a part of a growing program." As Sitch reflected back on her four years at DePaul, her favorite moment in her career to this point came in 2003 when the Blue Demons defeated Saint Louis to capture the Conference USA Championship.

Hopefully the new season will hold many more memories for Julianne and the Blue Demons.

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