October 22, 2008
USI fights for a spot in tournament on the road
Eagles need to win two and have some help
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana men's soccer team enters the final week of GLVC play with the hope of earning a spot in the league's post season tournament. An appearance in the GLVC Tournament would be the first for the Screaming Eagles since 2003.
To have a shot at one of the final two spots in the tournament bracket, the Eagles (6-9-0, 3-7-0 GLVC) will have to have a couple of breaks happen for them. USI needs two of three teams – Quincy University, Bellarmine University, or University of Wisconsin-Parkside – to lose twice and the Eagles to win both of their last two matches.
USI stayed in the conference tournament race by splitting a pair of GLVC matches at home last week. The Eagles defeated the University of Indianapolis, 1-0, Friday night, but lost to Saint Joseph's College, 2-0, on Sunday.
To make a final push for a spot in the GLVC Tournament, the Eagles will have to find success on the road. USI starts the final road swing of the season Friday at UW-Parkside and concludes Sunday at Lewis University. Start time at UW-Parkside will be 1:15 p.m., while kick-off at Lewis is noon.
The Rangers of UW-Parkside (6-4-3, 3-4-3 GLVC) have been playing .500 soccer the last four matches, going 1-1-2. UW-Parkside split its last two matches, losing to GLVC-leading Rockhurst University, 2-0, and winning in double-overtime over the University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2-1.
The Rangers have dominated the all-time series with the Eagles, 15-4-1, and have won the last four meetings.
The Flyers of Lewis (12-1-1, 7-1-1 GLVC) enter this week's action with the hopes of earning the right to host a match in the first round of the GLVC Tournament and the opportunity to host the tournament semi-final and championship matches. Lewis, which hosts the University of Missouri-St. Louis on Friday before playing USI, stayed close to the GLVC front-runners last week by tying Rockhurst, 0-0, and defeating Drury University, 2-1.
Lewis leads the all-time series with USI, 17-16-0, and has won the last four meetings.
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information