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August 31, 2004

USI menís soccer to play regional opponents

The University of Southern Indiana menís soccer team goes on the road for the first time this year when it travels to Quincy University to play in the Soccer Bowl XII. USI will play regional opponents Truman State University Saturday and Rockhurst University Sunday.

Both matches are scheduled for a 5 p.m. kick-off.

The Screaming Eagles have started the 2004 campaign with a 1-1-0 record after defeating Harris Stowe State University, 5-0, and stumbling against Columbia College, 2-1 in overtime, last weekend. The victory over Harris Stowe State marked the first time since 1999 that USI had started the year with a victory.

Offensively, USI was led by freshman forwards Evan Stoll (Washington, Indiana) and Michael Dugger (Hanson, Kentucky). Stoll posted two goals and an assist in the victory over Harris Stowe State, while Dugger had a goal against Harris Stowe State and Columbia.

Between the posts, junior goalkeeper Kyle Penick (Evansville, Indiana) and senior goalkeeper Josh Hill (Maple Park, Illinois) combined for the teamís first shutout of the year against Harris Stowe State. Penick has posted a 1.08 goals against average in the two games and 166 minutes of action.

On Saturday, the Eagles will be looking to break a six-match losing streak to Truman State. Truman State leads the series with USI, 8-4, and has not lost to the Eagles since 1991. USI lost to Truman State last year at Strassweg Field, 3-0.

The Bulldogs are 1-0-0 in 2004 after defeating the University of Indianapolis, 3-1, in their season opener.

On Sunday, USI plays Rockhurst looking for its first ever victory over the Hawks. Rockhurst leads the series 6-0-1 after the teams played to a 1-1 tie last season.

The Hawks began their season by tying Indianapolis, 2-2, Monday evening and will play Quincy on Saturday prior to playing USI.

This weekendís matches are the first two of four straight away from Strassweg Field for the Eagles. USI returns to Strassweg Field September 17 to open the GLVC schedule against Quincy.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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