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October 01, 2003

USI menís soccer shooting to keep its GLVC record perfect

The 22nd-ranked University of Southern Indiana menís soccer team will be shooting to keep its record in the GLVC perfect when it starts a three-match homestand Friday, October 3. This weekend, the Eagles will host Bellarmine University Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Northern Kentucky University Sunday, October 5, at 2:30 p.m.

USI enters the week with a four-match winning streak and a 5-3-0 overall record. The Screaming Eagles are a perfect 4-0-0 in the GLVC for the first time since 1991.

The Eaglesí hottest player is junior midfielder Ian Bray (Scotland). Bray has had a foot on each of the victories during the winning streak with two game-winning goals and two assists of game-winning goals.

Senior midfielder Duncan Bray (Scotland), Ianís older brother, and senior midfielder/forward Matt Settles (Evansville, Indiana) are tied for the team l0 points on three goals and four assists each.

Between the posts, USI is led defensively by sophomore goalkeeper Kyle Penick (Evansville, Indiana). Penick had a rough start to 2003, going 0-3-0 with a 2.94 goals against average. Since then, Penick is 4-0-0 and has a 0.74 GAA and two shutouts.

USIís first opponent this week is Bellarmine, which is 5-2-3 overall and 0-0-3 in the GLVC. Senior midfielder Joe Barnowski leads the Knights with 12 points on five goals and two assists.

The Eagles lead the series with Bellarmine 17-6-1 after winning 1-0 last year and two of the last three matches with the Knights.

Sundayís match will feature USI versus NKU. The Norse, who play the University of Missouri-St. Louis on Friday, enter the week with a 3-4-2 overall mark, 1-0-2 in the league.

NKU is led by a trio with six points each. Sophomore midfielder Randy Walters, freshman Nadeem Al-Alami, and freshman forward Matthew Flick have two goals and two assists so far during the fall campaign. Junior goalkeeper Nate Madden directs the NKU defense and has a 1.12 GAA in 726 minutes between the posts.

The Eagles lead the season series, 13-7-2, after breaking a four-match losing streak to the Norse last season with a 2-1 victory in Highland Heights, Kentucky, last fall.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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