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October 09, 2008

USI men's soccer goes on the road for a pair
Eagles play at Bellarmine and NKU this week

Simon Rawnsley

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's soccer team goes on the road for a pair of GLVC matches this week when it plays at Bellarmine University Friday and Northern Kentucky University Sunday. Kick off at Bellarmine is 5:30 p.m. (CDT), while the start time at NKU is 1:30 p.m. (CDT).

At the halfway mark of the GLVC season, the Screaming Eagles (5-6-0, 2-4-0 GLVC) need to get on track if they want to have a chance to qualify for the conference's post-season tournament. USI starts this week's action a half-game away from the final spot in the tournament. The good news for the Eagles is that they control their own destiny by playing four of the teams vying for the last three spots.

USI has come around offensively in the last three matches, producing seven goals. The Eagles have been led in the last three matches by sophomore midfielder Justin Fox (Avon, Indiana) and sophomore forward Simon Rawnsley (England), who have five points each on two goals and one assist.

Justin Fox

Overall this fall, USI is led by freshman midfielder vCaleb Johnson (Evansville, Indiana) with nine points on two goals and a team-best five assists. Johnson has had four assists in the last three matches.

Rawnsley and Fox are tied for second this season with seven points on three goals and one assist.

The Knights of Bellarmine (5-5-2, 2-4-1 GLVC) are percentage points ahead of the Eagles in the standings and have won three of their last four matches. BU sophomore forward Brad Barraclough leads the Knights and ranks sixth in the GLVC with 14 points on seven goals.

USI leads the all-time series with Bellarmine, 20-9-1, but, the Knights have won the last two meetings.

The Norse of NKU (8-1-1, 4-1-1 GLVC) are one of the front runners in the GLVC this fall. NKU is a game-and-a-half out of first, trailing Rockhurst University and Lewis University and has struggled the last three conference matches, going 1-1-1.

NKU's sophomore forward Steven Beattie leads the Norse and ranks second in the GLVC with 24 points on a GLVC-best 11 goals and two assists.

The Eagles lead the all-time series with the Norse, 14-10-2, but NKU has won the last four match-ups.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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