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September 07, 2005

USI menís soccer starts GLVC action on the road

EVANSVILLE, Ind. Ė The University of Southern Indiana menís soccer team kicks off the 2005 GLVC campaign at Bellarmine University Friday at 3:30 p.m. in Louisville, Kentucky. USI concludes the first conference road trip of the year at Northern Kentucky University Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in Highland Heights, Kentucky.

Evan Stoll

The Screaming Eagles (2-2-0, 0-0-0 GLVC) are fresh off a 1-1 homestand after shutting out Campbellsville University, 4-0. USI sophomore midfielder Evan Stoll (Washington, Indiana) started an offensive barrage of three unassisted Eagle goals just five minutes into the match.

Stoll was followed in the scoring column by junior midfielder Richie Maldonado (Indianapolis, Indiana) and freshman forward Mike Bendzen (Evansville, Indiana). Both scored their first collegiate goals for USI in the victory.

Sophomore midfielder Quintin Myers (Washington, Indiana) scored the final goal in the win, his first as a collegiate.

For the season, USI is led in the scoring column by senior midfielder Jeff Slaga (Kokomo, Indiana), with six points on three goals. Myers follows Slaga with five points on a goal and a team-best three assists.

Between the posts, senior goalkeeper Kyle Penick (Evansville, Indiana) has a 2.25 goals against average (GAA) and a pair of shutouts. Mondayís shutout of Campbellsville was the 13th of Penickís career, tying him with Jim Dionne for third place all-time at USI.

The Knights of Bellarmine host USI after starting the year 2-2-0. Bellarmine split a pair of neutral site matches and a pair of road matches, including an overtime win over Division I Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis.

Bellarmine junior forwards Phillip Glaser and Chad Manning lead the Knights offensively with five points each on two goals and one assist. Junior goalkeeper Stephen Slough and freshman goalkeeper Justin Welpy have split time between the posts and combined for a 1.24 GAA.

USI leads the all-time series record with Bellarmine, 19-7-1, but the Knights won the 2004 meeting, 2-0.

The Norse are 2-1-0 to begin the year and will begin GLVC action Friday at home against Kentucky Wesleyan College.

NKU has won two in a row since dropping its first match of the year in double-overtime. Freshman midfielder Daniel Ertel leads NKU offensively with four points on a pair of goals, while senior goalkeeper Michael Braun and freshman goalkeeper Jeremy Curington have combined for a 1.27 GAA in three matches.

USI leads the all-time series with NKU, 14-8-2, but the Norse won last seasonís match 1-0.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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