August 26, 2008
USI women's soccer starts 2008 on the road
Eagles open in Michigan against FSU and #3 GVSU
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana women's soccer team opens the 2008 regular season campaign with a tough road trip to Michigan for a pair of games against teams from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. USI opens the season Friday against Ferris State University and concludes the road swing Sunday at third-ranked Grand Valley State University.
Both matches will be played at Grand Valley State in Allendale, Michigan.
The Screaming Eagles are coming off a loss in their only exhibition game of the year, losing a hard fought contest, 2-1, against Indiana State University on August 17.
The Eagles hope to start the 2008 regular season on the right track and make a run at earning a berth in the post season. USI struggled with an 0-4-1 start to the 2007 campaign before finishing 7-10-1 overall and 5-7-1 GLVC. The squad just missed the GLVC Tournament at the end of the year after going 7-6-0 in the final 13 matches.
This weekend, USI features the return of junior midfielder Shauni Boudia, who missed the team's preseason while supporting her brother at the Olympics. Her brother, David, was a member of the USA diving squad in Beijing.
Boudia led the Eagles a year ago by recording 13 points on four goals and five assists. She also had one game-winning goal and distributed the game-winning assist in three of USI's victories.
Ferris State also opens the 2008 campaign on Friday after finishing with a 6-12-1 mark last year. The Bulldogs are led by senior forward Tammy Unsworth, who was third on the team with 27 points on 10 goals and seven assists in 2007.
USI trails in the series with Ferris State, 2-1-0. The Lady Bulldogs won the last meeting, 3-2, in 2006 in a neutral site match at GVSU. The series began in 2004.
GVSU opens their season by hosting number-one ranked University of Tampa prior to hosting USI on Sunday. The Lakers were 21-1-1 last season, losing to Tampa in the NCAA Division II Tournament semi-finals.
The Lakers are led by senior forward Ashley Elsass, who was second on the team a year ago with 38 points on 15 goals and eight assists. GVSU also returns senior goalkeeper Kristiana Nasturzio, who was second in the nation with a 0.37 goals against average last fall.
GVSU defeated USI, 9-0, last year at Strassweg Field and has won four of the five meetings since the series began in 2002.
Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information