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September 15, 2004

USI Eagles hope Strassweg is home-sweet-home

The University of Southern Indiana menís soccer team hopes the friendly surroundings of Strassweg Field spell home-sweet-home when it opens the 2004 GLVC schedule. USI hosts Quincy University Friday evening at 5 p.m. and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Sunday at noon.

The Screaming Eagles, who are 1-4-1, are looking to break a five-match winless streak since opening the season with a victory. The streak has been tough on the Eagles, including an overtime loss and a double-overtime tie.

Freshman forward Michael Dugger (Hanson, Kentucky) leads USI with six points on three goals, while freshman forward Evan Stoll (Washington, Indiana) is second with five points on two goals and one assist.

Between the posts, junior goalkeeper Kyle Penick (Evansville, Indiana) leads the team with a 1.69 goals against average in six matches and 534 minutes.

Quincy comes to USI with a 2-3-2 overall record after going 1-1-0 last weekend. The Hawks defeated the University of Findlay, 2-1, but lost to Mercyhurst College, 1-0. For the season, freshman back Nenad Savic leads the Hawks in scoring with eight points on four goals.

USI trails the all-time series, 8-3-0, but has won two of the last three matches. The Hawks defeated the Eagles, 3-1, last year in Quincy, Illinois.

The Cougars of SIU Edwardsville come to Strassweg Field tied for second in the GLVC with five overall wins in 2004. SIUE, which is 5-1-1 overall and opens conference action Friday night at Kentucky Wesleyan College, has won its last two with a win at home over the University of Missouri-Rolla, 5-1, and at Ashland University, 1-0.

For 2004, sophomore midfielder Victor Pacheco leads the Cougars in scoring with 10 points on four goals and two assists. He is followed in the scoring column by junior forward Tim Collico, who has eight points on three goals and a pair of assists.

The Cougars lead the all-time series with USI, 8-3-1, after a 2-1 victory at SIUE in 2003. The Eagles last victory over SIUE came in the 2002 regular season at Strassweg Field when USI defeated the Cougars, 1-0.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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