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October 08, 2004

Eagles drop heartbreaker despite offensive outburst

Saint Joseph's 4, USI 3

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—The University of Southern Indiana men’s soccer team found the back of the net three times Friday evening at Strassweg Field but it was not enough as Saint Joseph’s College recorded a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Screaming Eagles.

USI (2-10-1 overall, 1-5-0 GLVC), which broke a three-match scoreless streak, jumped out to a 2-1 lead after one period of play, but saw its lead disappear midway through the second half when SJC’ Just Fox found Reshad Etminan for the game-tying goal.

The Pumas scored in the 83rd minute to take a 3-2 advantage when McKinley Jones sailed a ball into the corner of the net.

With time dwindling away, freshman forward Michael Dugger (Hanson, Kentucky) used a pass from fellow classmate Evan Stoll (Washington, Indiana) to send the ball into the back of the net and tie the match at 3-3 with 1:30 remaining in the match. It was Dugger’s team-high sixth goal of the season.

Just as it looked is if the Eagles had swung momentum into their favor, the Pumas grabbed it right back when Fox scored from about 25 yards out to put SJC up 4-3.

USI, which out-shot the Pumas 21-14, had a last-gasp effort when SJC goalkeeper Dan Ford looked to have lost control of the ball inside of the box with less than 10 seconds to play. Dugger tried to take advantage of the situation, but time ran out before he could get a shot off.

In the first half, the Pumas struck first with a goal in the first 10 minutes of the contest. USI sophomore Tim Leavell (Jeffersonville, Indiana) tied the contest in the 19th minute with an unassisted goal, the first of his collegiate career.

Stoll gave the Eagles a 2-1 lead with his fourth goal of the season off an assist from freshman forward/back Jay Whitney (Chrisney, Indiana).

The Eagles, who have lost four straight, will return to action Sunday when they host the University of Indianapolis for Senior Day. Kick-off is slated for Noon at Strassweg Field.

Dan McDonnell,
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