October 13, 2004
USI men’s soccer goes on the road to play two of the region’s top teams
EVANSVILLE, IN – The University of Southern Indiana men’s soccer team faces one of its toughest road trips of the season when it travels Friday to #12 Lewis University and Sunday to #16 University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Both matches are noon starts.
The Screaming Eagles (2-11-1, 1-6-0 GLVC) begin the road trip in the hopes of breaking its five game losing streak. USI broke out of its scoring slump of the weekend, although losing both conference games. The Eagles scored four times last weekend to break a three-match scoreless streak despite falling to Saint Joseph’s College, 4-3, and the University of Indianapolis, 2-1.
Freshman forward Michael Dugger (Hanson, Kentucky) leads the Eagles in scoring with 14 points on a team-best seven goals, while freshman midfielder Evan Stoll (Washington, Indiana) is second with 12 points on four goals and a team-best four assists.
In addition to being nationally ranked, Lewis (11-1-2, 4-1-2 GLVC) and Wisconsin-Parkside (10-2-1, 5-1-1 GLVC) are tied for second in the Great Lakes Region.
Lewis has won five of its last seven matches, going 5-1-1. The tie came Sunday when the Flyers matched the region’s and the GLVC’s front-running Southern Illinois University Edwardsville at home. USI leads the all-time series with Lewis, 16-13-0, but the teams have split the last four matches.
UWP, who will host Kentucky Wesleyan College Friday, enters the week’s action on a three-match winning streak and has won five of its last six. The Rangers’ only stumble was to SIUE at home, 1-0. UWP leads the all-time series with USI, 11-4-1, but the Eagles have been able to split the last four matches with the Rangers.
Next week, the Eagles will host their final home match of the year when the University of Missouri-Rolla comes to Strassweg Field on October 20 at 6 p.m.
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information