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July 24, 2007

USI men's soccer releases roster additions for 2007

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's soccer team announced the addition of eight newcomers for the 2007 season. USI Head Coach Dan Hogan has added one goalkeeper, two forwards, two midfielders, and three defenders.

The Eagles bring in a pair of forwards in freshmen Dan Dormeier (Newburgh, Indiana) and Eddie Black (Avon, Indiana). Dormeier helped Castle High School (Newburgh, Indiana) to three sectional crowns and regional titles during his prep career, while Black scored 27 career-goals and dished out 26 career-assists for Avon High School (Avon, Indiana).

"Dan (Dormeier) has expecptional speed and technical ability," said Hogan. "He can either play outside or as the second forward off the target. Eddie (Black) is a similar player, who is very good in one-on-one situations."

In the middle, two newcomers freshmen Michael Simcock and Justin Fox could help the Eagles right away. Simcock was the Player of the Year for Ashton on Mersey (Sale, Cheshire, England) in 2003 and 2004, while Fox is a ISCA second team All-District and All-Hoosier Crossroads Conference performer on Avon High School.

Fox, who also was named to the Indianapolis Star first team All-West, tied for fourth on the AHS all-time list with 24 assists.

"I have known Justin (Fox) for quite some time as he plays club for my ex-assistant Clay Havill in the Indianapolis area," said Hogan. "He is a good passer of the ball, can play multiple positions, and is an extremely hard worker."

"Michael is a left-footed player and can play a variety of wide positions," concluded Hogan.

New to the USI defensive third are freshmen Nate Sloan (Pittsboro, Indiana), Caleb Schmitt (Newburgh, Indiana), and Derek Craig (Avon, Indiana). Sloan was named first team All-Conference all four seasons and the Most Valuable Player three times while playing for at Tri-West High School (Lizton, Indiana).

"Nate (Sloan) brings a hardnosed, no nonsense approach to our defense," Hogan said. "I see him at either right or left back"

Schmitt was the Castle High School (Newburgh, Indiana) team captain in 2005 and 2006 and was named soccer honorable mention All-District in 2006, while Craig earned All-Conference, All-District, and All-Metro honors in 2006 for Avon High School.

"Caleb (Schmitt) is a player that can get the job done at any of the defensive positions," said Hogan. "Good with both feet, we see him somewhere acoss the back line."

"Derek's (Craig) size and speed could push him into our midfield at some point," continued Hogan. "I see hime at right back or center back for us."

Between the posts, junior goalkeeper Andrew Haley (Wentzville, Missouri) transfers to USI from Forest Park Community College. He had a 2.04 goals against average with six shutous as a sophomore, leading FPCC to the 2006 regional finals.

"Drew (Haley) was an extremely busy goalkeeper at Forest Park," remarked Hogan. "He was the main factor for their success in the regional playoffs last fall."

The Eagles open a scrimmage schedule on August 11 against Southwestern Illinois College. The first regular season game will be on the road August 24 at Mercyhurst College, while the home opener is September 2 when the Eagles host Georgetown College.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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