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October 17, 2002

USI menís soccer faces test on the road

To host its first GLVC Tournament since 1995, the University of Southern Indiana menís soccer team is going to have to pass a couple of tough tests on the road this week. The Screaming Eagles travel to Romeoville, Illinois, Friday, October 18, to play ninth-ranked Lewis University and then to Kenosha, Wisconsin, to visit the always tough University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

USI enters this weekís play with an 8-5-0 overall record and, more importantly, a 5-1-0 record in the GLVC. The Eagles are a half-game behind front-running Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, who lost to USI last Sunday 1-0.

Lewis is tied with USI for second place and is 10-3-0 overall in 2002. Just behind Lewis and USI is Quincy University with a 5-1-1 conference record and the University of Missouri-St. Louis at 4-1-1 in the GLVC. The Eagles have the tie-breakers with Quincy and SIUE, but UMSL defeated USI two weeks ago to earn the tie-breaker.

At Lewis, the Eagles hope to stop a six-match losing streak after losing to the Flyers, 5-1, at Strassweg Field last fall. USI leads the series 14-11-0.

Wisconsin-Parkside enters Sundayís match with the Eagles in the hunt for a spot in the GLVC tournament. The Rangers are 7-4-1 overall, but are a surprising 2-3-1 in the GLVC in 2002.

USI wants get back on the right track against Wisconsin-Parkside after the Rangers won last season's match-up at Strassweg Field, 2-0. The Eagles broke a seven-match losing streak to the Rangers in 2000 with a 1-0 victory in Kenosha. Overall, Wisconsin-Parkside leads the series, 10-3-1.

USI is riding a three-match winning streak and the hot feet of senior forward Greg Henry (France) and senior midfielder/forward Duncan Bray (Scotland), who are tied for the team lead in scoring with 21 points each. Henry has scored his 21 points on a team-high nine goals and three assists. Bray is tied for second on the team with five goals and has a team-high 11 assists.

Between the posts, freshman goalkeeper Kyle Penick (Evansville, Indiana) has taken over the team lead in goals against average with a 1.42 GAA in 570 minutes of action. Penick is 6-1-0 as the Eagles goalkeeper and has posted three shutouts.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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