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September 14, 2005

Screaming Eagles open home half of the GLVC schedule

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana men’s soccer team will open the home half of the GLVC schedule Friday when it hosts the University of Missouri-Rolla at 7:30 p.m. The match will be the first night game of the year for the Screaming Eagles and the first time UMR will visit Strassweg Field as a member of the GLVC.

The Eagles conclude the short two-match homestand by hosting the University of Missouri-St. Louis at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

USI is sitting at the .500 mark after the first six games with a 3-3-0 overall record, 1-1-0 GLVC. Despite stumbling in their last match, the Eagles have won two of the last three.

Evan Stoll

A big reason for the Eagles’ success over the last few matches is the increased offensive production of sophomore midfielder Evan Stoll (Washington, Indiana). Stoll scored the game-winner against Campbellsville University and the tying goal in the win over Bellarmine University. The two goals tied Stoll with senior midfielder Jeff Slaga (Kokomo, Indiana) for the team lead with three goals each.

The Miners of UMR will come to Strassweg Field with a 3-2-1 overall record, 1-0-1 GLVC, and are undefeated in their last three contests. UMR opened their first GLVC season by tying 21st-ranked University of Indianapolis, 0-0, and defeating Saint Joseph’s College, 1-0.

Individually, UMR senior midfielder Nick Toeller leads the Miners with six points on a team-high three goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Mike McNamee is tops on the team and fifth in the GLVC with a 0.64 goals against average.

UMR is under the direction of Vince Darnell, who was a player of USI Head Coach Dan Hogan at Columbia College in 1991.

USI leads the all-time series with UMR, 9-6-1, but the Miners have won the last three meetings.

The Rivermen of UMSL are only three matches into 2005 and have won one, lost one, and tied one. UMSL split its opening conference weekend at home, defeating Saint Joseph’s, 3-1, and losing to Indianapolis, 2-0.

Rivermen senior Alen Jujic leads the team in scoring with three points on one goals and one assist.

UMSL leads the all-time series with USI, 12-3-1, but USI has won three of the last five meetings. The Rivermen defeated the Eagles, 3-1, last year in St. Louis.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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