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September 24, 2008

USI hopes to build momentum
Eagles hit midway mark of homestand

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's soccer team is looking to win two in a row for the second time this season when it continues a five-match homestand Saturday. USI, which is 1-1-0 so far during the homestand, hosts the University of Illinois-Springfield Saturday for a 6 p.m. non-conference match.

The Screaming Eagles (3-5-0, 2-3-0 GLVC) hope to use their exciting overtime win over the University of Missouri-St. Louis to build momentum as it reaches the halfway part of a five-match homestand. USI's win over UMSL broke the Eagles' four-match losing streak and a four-match losing streak to the Tritons.

USI senior goalkeeper Andrew Haley (Wentzville, Missouri) and sophomore forward Simon Rawnsley (England) were key in getting the Eagles back on track against UMSL. Haley earned his third shutout of the year by making seven saves, while Rawnsley scored his first collegiate goal for the "sudden victory" win.

Overall this season, Haley leads the Eagles between the posts with a 1.62 goals against average and 46 saves. Freshman forward Caleb Johnson (Evansville, Indiana) is USI's top scorer through eight matches with five points on two goals and one assist.

The Prairie Stars of Illinois-Springfield (5-2-0) come to Strassweg Field having won its last two matches and three of the last four. Illinois-Springfield is a candidate to join the GLVC next year and is 2-1-0 against the league this season.

The Prairie Stars have wins over Missouri University of Science and Technology and Saint Joseph's College as well as a loss to UMSL this fall.

Leading the way for Illinois-Springfield is senior forward Jakub Piotrowski, who has 19 points on nine goals (two game-winners) and one assist. Senior goalkeeper Chance Walker leads the Prairie Stars between the posts with a 1.18 GAA.

Illinois-Springfield, which was known as Sangamon State University until 1995, leads the all-time series with USI, 2-1-1. The last meeting was won by USI at Strassweg Field, 4-3, in 1990.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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