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February 18, 2008

USI men's soccer signs four

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's soccer team announced the signing of four players forward Shane Cloutier (Dyer, Indiana) midfielders Caleb Johnson (Evansville, Indiana) and Trey Fosburgh (Collinsville, Illinois) and defender/forward Jordan Louks (Brownsburg, Indiana) to national letters of intent for the 2008 season. The four new players will join seven starters and 18 returning players (four seniors, three juniors, and 11 sophomores) for 2008.

Up front, Cloutier adds much needed offensive fire power to the Screaming Eagles.

Shane Cloutier

Cloutier was an ISCA All-State performer at Lake Central High School (Saint John, Indiana) where he lettered in soccer and basketball. He also was the LCHS Offensive Most Valuable Player in 2007, in addition to being named the Post-Tribune and Northwest Indiana Times All-Area teams and earning All-Duneland Athletic Conference honors. Cloutier also is a member of the Chicago Magic.

"Our plan is to use Shane as a target player to strengthen our attack," USI Head Coach Dan Hogan said. Shane has the ability to both hold the ball and run at defenders. He also has a very powerful right foot."

In the middle, the Eagles add Johnson and Fosburgh.

Johnson, a two-time All-City and All-Southern Indiana Athletic Conference performer, scored 54 career goals over four seasons for North High School (Evansville, Indiana) and dished out 42 career assists. He led the Huskies as a senior with 45 points on 17 goals and 11 assists and was named Indiana Soccer Coaches Association first team All-District. Johnson also plays club soccer for the Evansville Elite.

"Caleb is a strong, hardnosed, ball winning midfielder," Hogan said. "He has excellent vision with the ball and has the ability to win the ball back after losing it. We feel that he is one of the top five players in the Evansville area.

Trey Fosburgh

Fosburgh comes to USI from Collinsville High School (Collinsville, Illinois) where he lettered in soccer and track. He was the CHS co-captain in 2007 as a junior and helped lead the team to the Illinois State Tournament after dishing out the game-winning assists in the sectional and super sectional championship games. Fosburgh is currently playing for St. Louis Lou Fusz.

"Trey can play multiple positions but see him playing somewhere in the midfield for us," said Hogan. "He is a very good passer of the ball and has a strong work ethic.

"Both Caleb and Trey are very good at maintaining possession with the ball and will be excellent providers to our attacking players," continued Hogan.

Jordan Loucks

The Eagles add a large versatile player to the squad in 6-foot-6 Louks, who is capable of playing up front or on defense. Louks, who plays club soccer for Dynamo Katner, comes to USI from Brownsburg High School (Brownsburg, Indiana) and help the Bulldogs to three straight Hoosier Crossroads Conference Championships. Last year, BHS was 16-2-2 overall.

Hogan said, "Jordan has the ability to play both as a back and a forward. Our plans are to use Jordan in the central defense with the hopes to free up some of our current players to play in the midfield.

"Both Shane and Jordan are very good in the air, which should give us more options on restarts," concluded Hogan.

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