Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Mayor’s Cup creates soccer suspense for USI and UE
In the third annual Mayor’s Cup on Saturday, the USI men’s soccer team is looking to begin the “bounce” in 2005. After making the GLVC Tournament in 2002 and 2003, the 2004 season did not go the way the Screaming Eagles wanted it to, finishing the year 2-15-1 overall.
USI Head Coach Dan Hogan has a very young Screaming Eagles team (13 freshmen and sophomores) that will have to become veterans very quickly for the squad to have success. USI does return the core of its defense and its top offensive threats from last season.
Senior goalkeeper Kyle Penick returns between the posts, while senior back Brian Shepherd, the team captain, leads the defense. Sophomore forward Michael Dugger led USI’s scoring attack last season, scoring 16 points on a team-best eight goals.
The Aces lead the Mayor’s Cup series, 1-0, after winning the inaugural match, 4-2, in 2003. The score for the 2004 match was not kept due to NCAA rules on exhibitions and scrimmages. USI and Evansville tied, 3-3, during the non-traditional season last spring.
The USI and Evansville women’s programs will be meeting for the second time during the traditional collegiate soccer season Sunday evening. The Eagles scrimmaged the Aces last fall and defeated Evansville, 2-0, during the non-traditional spring season.
The USI women’s team, under the direction of third-year Head Coach Krissy Engelbrecht, hopes to go a couple of steps further this fall and make it to the GLVC Tournament. The Eagles, 6-9-1 in 2004, have just missed the tournament the last two seasons.
USI is led by its senior captains, forward Brooklyn Gant and midfielder Alisann Shetler. Gant was second on the team in scoring last season with 12 points on four goals and a team-best four assists, while Shetler was third on the team last year with nine points on four goals and one assist.
Shetler also ranks fourth all-time at USI with 40 points on 18 goals and four assists.
Sophomore forward Julie Collins is USI’s top returning scorer. Collins recorded a team-high 13 points on five goals and three assists. The five goals also were a team-high.