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October 10, 2007

USI men's soccer starts stretch run on the road

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's soccer team begins the stretch run of the 2007 campaign when it goes on the road for a pair of GLVC matches this weekend. The Screaming Eagles play at Northern Kentucky University Friday at 7 p.m. (CDT) and Bellarmine University Sunday at 1:30 p.m. (CDT) for the final road trip of the 2007 regular season.

Including this weekend, USI has five matches remaining, four in the GLVC, and is looking for a way to get into the GLVC Tournament. To qualify for the league playoff, the Eagles (4-9-1, 2-7-0 GLVC) need to sweep their final four conference games and for Bellarmine University and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside to lose their remaining conference matches.

For this to happen, the Eagles are going to need to get back on track quickly. USI is winless in its last seven matches after starting the year 4-3-0, including a win over top-25 Mercyhurst College.

The first team standing in the Eagles way is the number one ranked Norse of NKU (14-0-0, 9-0-0 GLVC). NKU has been stellar on defense this year, recording eight shutouts.

The Eagles lead the all-time series with the Norse, 14-9-2, but have lost the last three meetings. USI won 11 of the first 13 meetings with NKU between 1983 and 1996.

The Knights of Bellarmine (9-6-0, 5-4-0 GLVC), who host Oakland City University Wednesday and Kentucky Wesleyan College Friday before welcoming the Eagles, have struggled in their last four matches. The Knights are just 1-3-0 in the league since starting conference play 4-1-0.

USI leads the all-time series with Bellarmine, 20-8-1, after losing last year's match-up 3-0 at Strassweg Field. The Eagles are 4-3-0 against the Knights since 2000.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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