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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


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