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September 17, 2008

USI starts five straight at Strassweg on Friday
Eagles start homestand with two GLVC matches

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's soccer team starts its longest homestand in 17 years when it hosts a pair of GLVC teams this weekend. The five-match home-stretch starts by hosting Rockhurst University Friday at 5 p.m. and the University of Missouri-St. Louis Sunday at noon.

The last time USI played at least five straight at Strassweg Field, the Screaming Eagles went 7-0 and won the 1991 GLVC Tournament crown.

The Eagles, who are 2-2-0 at home this season, begin the homestand hoping to get back on track after a tough 0-2-0 GLVC road trip. USI lost a grueling 1-0 decision at Missouri University of Science & Technology before suffering a 6-1 set-back to Drury University.

USI freshman midfielder Caleb Johnson (Evansville, Indiana) scored the Eagles lone goal for the weekend in the loss to Drury. Johnson leads the Eagles in scoring this season with five points on two goals and one assist.

The Hawks of Rockhurst (3-0-0, 1-0-0 GLVC) come to Strassweg Field with an unblemished record. Rockhurst started GLVC action last weekend with a 1-0 victory over UMSL.

The Hawks feature junior forward Tom Heinemenn, who was one of the GLVC's top scorers last season. Heinemann, who had 36 points on 15 goals and six assists last year, leads Rockhurst so far this season with eight points on three goals and two assists.

Rockhurst leads the all-time series with USI, 8-0-2, after winning the 2007 match in Kansas City, Missouri, 4-1.

The Tritons of the UMSL (3-2-1, 0-2-0 GLVC) got off to a slow start in the GLVC last weekend with the loss to Rockhurst and Drury University, 2-1. UMSL started the year with three straight victories before posting a tie and last weekend's back-to-back losses.

UMSL, which will play at the University of Illinois-Springfield tonight, is led by junior midfielder Blair Spencer with nine points on four goals and one assist.

Sunday's match will be the 20th meeting between USI an UMSL with the Tritons leading the series, 15-3-1. UMSL has captured the last four meetings since USI won three of four between 2000 and 2003.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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