October 03, 2007
USI men's soccer tries to get on track with homestand
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana men's soccer team hopes the friendly surroundings of Strassweg Field will allow it to get back on track this week. USI begins the two-match homestand against the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Friday at 7:30 p.m. and concludes against Lewis University Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Since winning four of their first seven games, the Screaming Eagles have fallen upon tough times and are 0-4-1 in the last five matches. The good news for USI is that the remainder of the 2007 regular season schedule is favorable.
USI (4-7-1, 2-5-0 GLVC), which is still in the hunt for a spot in the GLVC Tournament, has seven matches left in the regular season, six against GLVC teams. Four of the six conference matches remaining are against teams with a .500 or worse record in the league.
The squad is coming off a tough three-match road swing that saw the Eagles tie Oakland City University and lose to Drury University and Rockhurst University.
USI's England duo – senior Carl Carr and freshman Michael Simcock lead the Eagles in scoring with seven points each. Carr recorded his seven points on a team-best three goals and one assist, while Simcock has one goal and a team-high five assists.
Between the posts, USI is led by junior goalkeeper Andrew Hults (Valley Park, Indiana). Hults has a 1.50 goals against average and 55 saves this season.
The Rangers of Wisconsin-Parkside (7-4-1, 3-4-1 GLVC) have been a sub-.500 squad since starting the year 4-0-0. UW-Parkside broke a three-match winless streak in its last match with a 3-2 victory over Saint Joseph's College.
In the all-time series, the Rangers lead the Eagles, 14-4-1, after taking last season's match, 4-1, in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The Flyers of Lewis (8-4-0, 4-4-0 GLVC) have had an up-and-down season with four and three-match winning streaks divided by a pair of two-match losing streaks. Lewis broke its latest two-match streak last week with a 1-0 overtime win at the University of Indianapolis.
The all-time series between USI and Lewis is tied 16-16-0 after the Flyer won last year's pairing, 1-0.
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information