October 15, 2003
USI men’s soccer moves to #20
Eagles prepare to meet #13 SIUE
The University of Southern Indiana men’s soccer team moved up to 20th in the latest NSCAA Division II Top 25. This is the third consecutive week that USI has moved up in the poll.
The Eagles, who are 8-4-0 overall and a perfect 7-0-0 in the GLVC, got back on track last Sunday when they shutout Kentucky Wesleyan College, 3-0, in Owensboro, Kentucky. That USI victory set the stage the Eagles’ match-up with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Edwardsville, Illinois. SIUE also is perfect in the GLVC at 6-0-0.
A USI victory would give the Eagles sole possession of first place in the GLVC and put them on track to host the GLVC Tournament semifinals and championship match for the first time since 1995. USI has already secured the rights of hosting a GLVC Tournament first round match.
USI enters the match led by senior midfielder Matt Settles (Evansville, Indiana), who has 15 points on five goals and five assists. Settles also leads the Eagles with four game-winning goals. He is trailed in the scoring column by senior midfielder Duncan Bray (Scotland), who has 14 points on four goals and a team-high six assists.
Between the posts, the USI defense is led by sophomore goalkeeper Kyle Penick (Evansville, Indiana). Penick has a 1.42 goals against average and a record of 7-4-0 with four shutouts.
The 13th-ranked Cougars start this week’s action with a 10-2-0 overall record. SIUE will play Rockhurst University in a non-conference match tonight.
The Cougars are led by senior midfielder/forward Cal Thomas and junior midfielder Addae Rique, who have 22 points each. Thomas earned his 22 points on nine goals and four assists, while Rique has 22 on seven goals and eight assists.
In goal, senior Bret Richardson has yet to give up a goal in GLVC action and has a 0.54 GAA in 12 matches this year. He also has a 6-2-0 overall record and six shutouts.
SIUE leads the all-time series, 7-3-1, after the two squads split a pair of matches last season.
USI will finish its final road trip of the regular season at Quincy University Sunday, October 19. The Hawks start the week with a 4-7-2 overall record and a 2-4-1 GLVC record.
QU junior Josh Worth leads the Hawks’ offense with 14 points on five goals and four assists, while sophomore goalkeeper Brian Forrest leads the defense with a 1.11 GAA.
Quincy also leads the all-time series with USI, 7-3-1, but the Eagles have won the last two matches. USI won the last meeting in Quincy, 4-3, in overtime.
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information