October 19, 2005
USI needs to win to have a chance
Start time for season finale at SIUE changed to 4 p.m.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana men's soccer team enters its final homestand of 2005 knowing it needs to win to have a chance at a berth in the GLVC Tournament. The Screaming Eagles (5-10-0, 3-7-0 GLVC) will begin this week's action two games out of the final playoff spot and needs to sweep its last three matches to have a shot.
USI also needs the University of Indianapolis to lose twice Bellarmine University to split with the victory being over Indianapolis Rockhurst University to defeat Drury University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis to lose once.
The Eagles have struggled in their last three matches on the road, being shut out by Rockhurst and Drury last weekend. USI will have to get its offense going to have a chance at the tournament berth.
USI junior midfielder Evan Stoll
(Washington, Indiana) and junior back Brian Shepherd
(St. Louis, Missouri) lead the team offensively with 10 points and eight points, respectively. Stoll has his 10 points on a team-high five goals, while Shepherd is a goal behind with four.
The Eagles begin their tournament quest Friday at 7:30 p.m. against the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The Rangers (12-2-1, 8-2-1 GLVC) are ranked 18th nationally and third in the Great Lakes Region. UW-Parkside has won its last eight matches, including a sweep of Indianapolis and Saint Joseph's College last weekend.
The Rangers lead the all-time series, 12-4-1, with the two teams splitting the last four matches.
Lewis (8-7-0, 6-5-0 GLVC) comes to Strassweg Field Sunday at 2:30 p.m. after playing at Kentucky Wesleyan College Friday afternoon. The Flyers enter this week's action having won four of their last six and sweeping SJC and Indianapolis last weekend.
USI has a slim 16-14-0 lead in the all-time series against Lewis and has split the last four matches.
Prior to the USI-Lewis match, USI will salute its three seniors – goalkeeper Kyle Penick
(Evansville, Indiana), back Billy Moore
(Newburgh, Indiana) and midfielder Jeff Slaga
The Eagles conclude the 2005 regular season campaign with a rescheduled match at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The kick-off is 4 p.m. at SIUE. The Cougars (13-1-1, 9-0-1 GLVC) are ranked #2 nationally and are on top of the Great Lakes Region and the GLVC. SIUE is unbeaten in it last 13 matches and has won seven in a row.
SIUE leads the all-time series, 9-3-1, and has taken the last three matches from USI.
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information