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October 12, 2006

USI closes out season with three at Strassweg

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's soccer team closes out the 2006 campaign with a three-match homestand at Strassweg Field. The Screaming Eagles host 16th-ranked Northern Kentucky University Friday night at 5:30 p.m. Bellarmine University Sunday at noon and Harris-Stowe State University Tuesday at 4 p.m.

The USI-Bellarmine match-up is Senior Day for the Eagles. Three seniors Eric Brewer (Granite City, Illinois), Brett Palazzolo (St. Louis, Missouri), and Brian Shepherd (St. Louis, Missouri) will be honored prior to the match.

After suffering through a long winless streak early in the year, the Eagles (2-10-2, 1-8-2 GLVC) have been playing .500 soccer over the last week. USI broke out of a scoring slump with a 4-0 victory over Kentucky Wesleyan College and forced a 2-2 double overtime tie at the University of Missouri-Rolla. The Eagles lost to the University of Missouri-St. Louis, 1-0, for the only loss last week.

NKU (10-2-2, 7-2-2 GLVC) comes to Strassweg Field having won six of its last seven matches. The only blemish was a tie at home against Rockhurst University last weekend.

Friday evening, the Eagles will be trying to break a two-match losing streak to the Norse and extend the all-time margin that is 14-9-2.

Bellarmine (7-8-0, 4-8-0 GLVC), which plays at KWC Friday afternoon before coming to USI, is right above the Eagles in the GLVC standings. The Knights are .500 in their last four matches defeating Drury University and Oakland City University and losing to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Rockhurst University.

USI has won five of the last seven meetings with Bellarmine, including last year's 2-1 road win. The Eagles also lead the all-time series, 20-7-1.

HSSU (4-9-0) is the last opponent of the year for USI in 2006. The Hornets, who host Avila College and McKendree College prior to next week's match, have lost four of their last five.

USI leads the all-time series with HSSU, 6-0-0, after winning a 5-0 decision last fall in St. Louis, Missouri.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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