May 23, 2003
USI men’s soccer releases 2003 schedule
The University of Southern Indiana men’s soccer team will kick-off the 2003 season with a road trips over the Labor Day weekend to McKendree College, August 30.
The USI men’s team wants to continue the momentum it built last season when it was second in the GLVC Tournament and posted its best record since 1991. Sophomore goalkeeper Kyle Penick, who was the GLVC co-Freshman of the Year in 2002, will lead the Eagles into 2003 after posting a 1.21 goals against average, an 11-4 record, and five shutouts during his first season.
The men’s team follows the McKendree match with a second road contest at the University of Missouri-Rolla on September 5. The Eagles open the home season at Strassweg Field on September 7 by hosting Spalding University.
USI returns to the road after opening the home schedule with a trip to Florida. The squad will play at the University of Tampa on September 12, and Florida Southern University on September 14.
“The away schedule is highlighted with a trip to Tampa,” said USI head coach Dan Hogan. “Our eight seniors have gone through a lot with me the past three years and I wanted to treat them with a trip to Florida. Tampa won the NCAA II Championship two years ago, so I am not sure how much beach time the guys will be getting.”
Within the GLVC, the Eagles will host Lewis University, a 2002 NCAA Division II Tournament qualifier, on September 21, and travel to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the defending GLVC champion, on October 17.
“We are counting on the experience of our eight seniors to not only put us at top of the conference, but in the top three in the Central Region,” said Hogan. “Our home fans will be treated to seeing some of the top teams in the country coming to Strassweg like Lewis, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Rockhurst University, and Truman State University.”
The USI men's and women's soccer teams begin GLVC action on September 19 when the University of Wisconsin-Parkside visits Strassweg Field for a men’s and women’s doubleheader.
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information