2002 Men's Soccer Season OutlookThe University of Southern Indiana menís soccer program hopes to enters the 2002 season at full-strength, something that did not happen in 2001.
The Screaming Eagles finished 2001 with a 6-10-0 overall record, but did not have a healthy roster available from day one of the season. This showed especially on the defensive end of the field as only six players played in every match in last fall.
Head Coach Dan Hogan enters his third season trying to direct the USI
program back onto the right track. Hogan
will begin the 2002 campaign by mixing 14 returning players with five newcomers to find the right combination.
Upfront, the Eagles' offensive will begin with the return of last season's leading scorer, junior forward Matt Settles (Evansville, Indiana). Settles posted a career best 25 points on a team-high 10 goals and five assists last fall.
Settles ranked seventh in the GLVC in goals scored and eighth in the league for total points
Junior forward Scott Henderson (Evansville, Indiana) returns to join Settles up front. Henderson saw action in 13 matches as a sophomore, starting eight contests.
New to the offensive side of the field for USI in 2002 is freshman forward Adam Parsons (Jeffersonville, Indiana). Parson helped lead Our Lady of Providence to four sectional and three regional championships in four seasons. He also started every varsity game during his four-year career, scoring a Providence career-record 54 goals.
Eagles begin 2002 with a very experienced midfield with four seniors and two
USI's leader in the midfield is senior Duncan Bray (Scotland). Bray was third on the team in scoring despite missing three games with ankle injuries, scoring 13 points on three goals and seven assists. His seven assists ranked seventh in the GLVC.
Returning for a fourth season is senior midfielders Nick Ingalls (Greenfield, Indiana), and John Havill (Washington, Indiana). Havil posted five points a year ago on two goals and one assist, while Ingalls will move to the midfield after seeing action mostly as a back in 2001.
The fourth senior, returning for his final season, is senior midfielder Shawn Sloan (St. Peters, Missouri), who saw playing time in 10 matches off the bench.
In addition to Ingalls, junior midfielder Steve Hendrickson (Granite City, Illinois) also will make the move from the defensive backfield to the midfield. Hendrickson was only one of four players to start every game for USI a year ago.
Also competing for a starting spot in the midfield is junior Bryce Cooper (Greenwood, Indiana). Cooper, who started 13 of 16 games as a sophomore, had three points on a goal and an assist last season.
The USI defense had its problems in 2001, but should see a turn around with the return of healthy junior backs Jared Anslinger (Evansville, Indiana) and Brian Peroutka (St. Louis, Missouri).
Peroutka, perhaps USI's strongest back, missed nearly all of last season due to an ankle surgery. Anslinger, who split time between the midfield and the back, also ranked third on the team in goals scored despite missing five games to injury.
The GLVC Player of the Week in week six of the GLVC schedule, Anslinger scored a career-high 10 points on four goals and two assists.
Returning to join Anslinger and Peroutka in the back are senior Kevin Ray (Ballwin, Indiana) and sophomore Josh Burton (Franklin, Tennessee). Ray was a very dependable back in 2001, starting 15 of 16 matches, while Burton saw action in three matches off the bench.
New to the USI roster are freshmen Greg Mitchum (Louisville, Kentucky) and Billy Moore (Newburgh, Indiana).
Mitchum was a first-team All-State, All-Section, All-Region, and All-District selection in 2001 and was also selected to the All-State Tournament Team. He helped lead St. Xavier to a state championship in 2000 and a state runner-up in 2001.
Moore, a back at Castle High School the last three years,
helped lead the Knights to the IHSAA State Finals in 1999 and the IHSAA
State Championship in 2000. He also has played for the Southwest Indiana
Soccer Association, The Evansville Thunder, and Evansville Alliance club
The starting goalkeeping position for the Eagles is wide open this fall.
USI one returning goalkeeper is junior Josh Hill (Maple Park, Illinois). Hill, who transferred to USI from the University of Cincinnati last year, saw action in seven contests, posting a 2.64 goals against average.
Hogan signed two new 'keepers in the spring in freshmen Matt Campbell (Franklin, Tennessee) and Kyle Penick (Evansville, Indiana).
who had a career 0.98 GAA and 18 shutouts in high school,
is the CHS career and season record holder in goals-against-average, shutouts,
and wins. Penick, who was an All-City and All-District goalkeeper at
Evansvilleís Harrison High School, had an outstanding 0.81
goals-against-average in his three-year prep career.