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October 01, 2008

USI wants to continue winning homestand
Eagles conclude home stretch this week

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's soccer team wants to finish out its longest homestand in 17 years on winning notes when it hosts Maryville University for a non-conference contest Thursday and Quincy University for a GLVC match Sunday. The start time for the USI-Maryville match is 7 p.m., while the USI-Quincy kick-off is noon.

The Screaming Eagles (4-5-0, 2-3-0 GLVC) have won their last two matches and will be looking to win three-in-a-row for the first time this season Thursday night. The Eagles have posted wins over the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the University of Illinois-Springfield since starting the homestand with a loss to Rockhurst University. USI is 4-3-0 this season at Strassweg Field.

For the season, USI is led offensively by three players with two goals each freshman midfielder Caleb Johnson (Evansville, Indiana), sophomore midfielder Justin Fox (Avon, Indiana), and sophomore forward Dan Dormeier (Newburgh, Indiana). Johnson leads the team with five overall points on the two goals and one assist.

Defending the USI goal is senior goalkeeper Andrew Haley (Wentzville, Missouri). Haley has posted a shutout in all four of the USI wins this season and has lowered his goal against average to 1.44 this season. The 1.44 GAA team and individual -- is 1.70 better than last season.

The Saints of Maryville (4-5-1) are winless in their last three matches after starting this week's action with a 0-0 tie at Webster University Tuesday night. Maryville has recorded a pair of ties and a loss in its last three contests.

Maryville junior midfielder Cory Scott leads the Saints with 12 points on four goals and four assists, while junior midfielder Rick Bryson is the team's top goal scorer with five.

The USI match with Maryville, which is a candidate to become a member of the GLVC next year, will be the first meeting between the two schools.

The Hawks of Quincy (5-4-0, 1-4-0 GLVC) have struggled in the GLVC this season, going 4-0-0 in the non-conference schedule and 1-4-0 within the league. The Hawks, who play a non-conference contest at Truman State University Wednesday night before coming to Strassweg Field, have lost their last four matches.

Quincy is led by sophomore forward Jack Wedemeier with 13 points on four goals and five assists. Wedemeier is seventh in the GLVC in scoring this season.

USI trails Quincy in the all-time series, 12-3-0. The Hawks have squeaked out the last three meetings with 1-0 scores (one in overtime) and have won five in a row over the Eagles.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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