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October 15, 2008

USI back home for a pair matches
Eagles honor Class of 2008 before Sunday's match

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's soccer team hopes a return to the friendly surroundings of Strassweg Field will put it back on track with a two-match homestand. The homestand starts Friday when USI hosts the University of Indianapolis for a 5 p.m. match and concludes with Senior Day Sunday when the squad hosts Saint Joseph's College at noon.

Prior to the USI-Saint Joseph's match-up on Sunday, the Eagles will honor four seniors -- goalkeeper Andrew Haley (Wentzville, Missouri), forward Mike Bendzen (Evansville, Indiana), midfielder Tyree Robinson (Jefferson City, Missouri), and defender Dan Grunewald (Munster, Indiana).

USI struggled on the road last week, losing 5-1 decisions to Bellarmine University and Northern Kentucky University. The Screaming Eagles lone goal in the loss to Bellarmine was scored by Robinson, while freshman defender Danny Pratte (Florissant, Missouri) posted the USI goal in the loss to NKU.

For the season, freshman forward Caleb Johnson (Evansville, Indiana) leads the Eagles with 10 points on two goals and six assists. Johnson's team-best six assists is tied for second in the GLVC.

The Greyhounds of UIndy (5-4-3, 4-2-2 GLVC) are .500 in the month of October, posting a win, a loss, and a tie. Last weekend, UIndy lost at home to Rockhurst University, 3-2, but bounced back to defeat the University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2-0.

The Eagles lead the all-time series with the Greyhounds, 16-7-0, but UIndy has won the last three meetings.

The Pumas of Saint Joseph's (4-8-3, 1-5-2 GLVC), who will play at UMSL on Friday before coming to Evansville, start the week tied with USI for 10th in the GLVC. Saint Joseph's has lost its last three after dropping home matches to Drury University, 4-1, and Rockhurst, 2-1, last weekend.

USI has control of the all-time series with Saint Joseph's, 18-4-1, after posting a 3-2 win over the Pumas last fall. The Eagles have posted two wins and a tie in the last three matches against the Pumas.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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