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November 04, 2002

USI and Quincy set to kick-off at 1 p.m. Wednesday

The Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament action returns to Strassweg Field for the first time since 1995 when the University of Southern Indiana and Quincy University kick-off a first round match Wednesday, November 6, at 1 p.m. The fourth seeded Screaming Eagles are 11-7-0 overall and 7-3-0 GLVC, while the fifth seeded Hawks are 10-5-2 overall, 6-2-2 GLVC.

The Eagles earned the tie-breaker with Quincy after a hard-fought 2-0 victory at Strassweg Field in October. USI won the evenly-matched contest on a second half penalty kick and an unassisted goal.

USI has won two straight against the Hawks after losing the first seven meetings with Quincy.

The Screaming Eagles have done the job, both offensively and defensively, to flip their record from a year ago. USI has gone from a 6-10-0 overall and 2-7-0 league record in 2001 to an 11-7-0 overall record and a 7-3-0 conference mark in 2002.

On the offensive side, the Eagles have scored six more goals than a year ago, averaging 2.3 goals a game. Defensively, the squad has lowered the teamís goals against average from 2.62 in 2001 to 1.46 in 2002.

Individually, USI is led offensively by senior forward/midfielder Duncan Bray (Scotland) with 28 points on eight goals and a team-high 12 assists. Senior forward Greg Henry (France) leads the Eagles with nine goals.

Freshman goalkeeper Kyle Penick, an Evansville native and Harrison High School graduate, is a top candidate for GLVC Freshman of the Year between the posts for the Eagles. Penick has posted a 1.22 GAA this year and has a 9-3-0 record with five shutouts.

The Hawks are led by former USI forward Wayne Wiseman, who is tied for the team lead in scoring with 16 points on seven goals and two assists. Freshman midfielder Neil Fredrickson also has 16 points on seven goals and two assists.

A USI victory will send the Eagles into the GLVC Tournament semifinals for the first time since the 1995 conference post-season. USI would play number one seeded Lewis University if they advance to the next round.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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