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September 09, 2003

USI menís soccer goes on the road for two in Florida

The University of Southern Indiana menís soccer team hits the road for it longest road trip of the year, traveling to Florida for a pair of matches. The Screaming Eagles will play at 25th-ranked University of Tampa Friday, September 12, and Florida Southern University Sunday, September 14.

USI is coming off its first victory of the year, defeating Spalding University, 5-2, last Sunday. USI was led by senior midfielder Duncan Bray (Scotland), who had four points in the game on a goal and two assists, and senior forward Matt Settles (Evansville, Indiana), who had a goal and an assist.

Bray leads the team and is tied for the lead in the GLVC with six points on two goals and two assists this fall. USI, as a team, is tied for first in the conference with 3.5 goals per game.

The nationally ranked Tampa Spartans (1-0-1) opened their home schedule with a victory over Missouri Southern State College, 4-0, on September 6. Tampa opened the season back on August 29 with a tie against the University of Montevallo. The Spartans, who will play Warner Southern College on September 10, leads the series with USI, 1-0-0. Tampa won the only meeting with USI, 2-0, in overtime in 1995.

USI will be playing against Florida Southern for the first time on Sunday. The Moccasins, who enter this week in search of their first victory in 2003, will play Weber University on September13 prior to playing the Eagles this week.

Florida Southern started 2003 with consecutive 2-0 losses to Central Florida University and Montevallo before falling to West Florida University, 9-1, last weekend.

The Eaglesí next home match will be when they open the GLVC schedule by hosting the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Friday, September 19.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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