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2001 Men's Soccer Season Outlook

The University of Southern Indiana menís soccer program enters the 2001 season hoping to make a bigger splash in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament, a chance it has not had since 1995.

The Screaming Eagles finished 2000 with their first appearance in the leagueís post-season tournament since 1995, narrowly missing the final four. USI, which finished at the .500 mark in the conference for the first time in four seasons, was defeated in the first round of the conference tournament in penalty kicks after double-overtime at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

USI Head Coach Dan Hogan enters his second season at USI hoping to continue the rise that began in 2000.  The Eagles posted their best overall record in four seasons, 7-9-2, along with a GLVC Tournament appearance and nearly doubled the amount of goals scored in the previous year. USI also lowered its team goals against average from 1.97 the previous year to 1.63 last fall.

Hogan will begin the 2001 campaign by mixing 13 returning players with 10 newcomers to find the right combination.

FORWARDS:

Second team All-Region and All-GLVC performer Ed Pieper (St. Louis, Missouri), a senior forward, will lead the squad into 2001.

Pieper, who was available for only 12 of the teamís 18 games in 2000, led the squad with 16 points, scoring seven goals and dishing out two assists. Three of Pieperís goals were game-winners, the most on the team.

Pieper is joined up front by senior forward Tom Peroutka (St. Louis, Missouri). Tom Peroutka played in all 18 matches as a junior, putting three goals into the back of the net.

USI also returns additional experience and speed  at the forward position with junior Aaron Joppek (Portage, Indiana) and sophomore Matt Settles (Evansville, Indiana). Settles came into his own late last season, starting the last five matches and finishing the fall second on the team in scoring with 10 points on four goals and two assists. 

Joppek was a tough player off the bench, scoring two goals, including the game winner against Marian College.

Hogan has added some new firepower for 2001 with freshman forward Matt Manning (Franklin, Tennessee) and sophomore forward Scott Henderson (Evansville, Indiana). Manning will begin his collegiate career at USI after posting a team-high 15 goals for Centennial High School in Franklin, Tennessee, last fall.

MIDFIELDERS:

The Eagles begin 2001 on solid footing in the midfield.

Returning from last yearís squad are juniors Ryan Williams (Greenfield, Indiana), Nick Ingalls (Greenfield, Indiana), and John Havill (Washington, Indiana).  The three juniors combined for 12 points (five goals and two assists) a year ago, and could add additional spark to the USI offense.

Adding depth to the team, the Eagles return Bryce Cooper (Greenwood, Indiana), who redshirted in 2000. During his first season with the Eagles in 1999, Cooper had three points on a goal and an assist.

Newcomer Duncan Bray, a junior transfer from Scotland, will join Settles, adding experience to the middle. Bray, transferring from Robert Gordon University in Scotland, had 44 goals in 37 matches for Ellon United Club and Peterhead Football Club while being named Player of the Year for both squads.

New to the USI roster in the midfield will be junior Shawn Sloan (St. Peters, Missouri), sophomore Steve Hendrickson (Granite City, Illinois), and freshman Tim Pieper (St. Louis, Missouri).

Hendrickson played the last two seasons for Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, Illinois, while Sloan was a two-year member of the State Fair Community College soccer team in Sedalia, Missouri, which won the 1999 NJCAA National Championship.

Tim Pieper, Edís younger brother, was a two-time All-Conference performer and three-year varsity starter at Mehlville High School in St. Louis.

DEFENSE:

The USI defense could be a source of concern as the team enters 2001 with the graduation of starting backs Ryan Tucker and Justin Wilson and the departure of starting goalkeeper Robbie Haigh. Haigh shared the 2000 GLVC Freshman of the Year award with Juan Paoella of Lewis University.

USI will have a strong base of experience to build upon with the return of junior Brian Peroutka (St. Louis, Missouri) and sophomore Jared Anslinger (Evansville, Indiana).

Brian Peroutka gives the Eagles athleticism and toughness in the back with the ability to score. He posted three points a year ago on a goal and one assist.

Anslinger, who started and played in 17 matches as a freshman and like many of the Eagles, saw action in many positions. He was third on the team in scoring with eight points on three goals and two assists.  

Returning to join Anslinger and Peroutka in the back are junior Kevin Ray (Ballwin, Indiana) and senior Andreas Schroeder (New Albany, Indiana). Ray posted 12 starts with a goal in his second season.

New to the USI roster are freshmen Zach Collins (St. Louis, Missouri) and Josh Burton (Franklin, Tennessee). Collins, who was a teammate of Tim Pieperís at Mehlville High School, was first team All-Conference in 2000 and helped MHS set a team record for least goals against average. Burton, a teammate of Manningís at Centennial High School, helped lead CHS to the 2000 district championship and the regional finals as a junior.

Between the posts, the Eagles are not without an experienced goalkeeper. Junior Chris Davis (Evansville, Indiana) returns after missing much of 2000 with an injury. Davis played in two contests before being injured, posting a 2.67 GAA.

Backing up Davis is newcomers, sophomore Josh Hill  (Maple Park, Illinois). Hill is a transfer from the University of Cincinnati where he did not play varsity soccer.

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