April 17, 2001
USI women’s soccer announces 2001 schedule
The University of Southern Indiana women’s soccer team announced its schedule for the upcoming 2001 season, featuring 17 regular season matches and one preseason scrimmage.
USI, which finished the 2000 season 13-5-1 overall and 8-2-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, will play at Murray State University Saturday, August 25, in a preseason scrimmage before starting its regular season schedule Friday, August 31, against Northern Michigan University at Strassweg Field.
Highlighting the 2001 home schedule are GLVC matches against NCAA Division II Finalist, Northern Kentucky University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a non-conference match against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. USI will start its regular season with three consecutive home matches and will make use of Strassweg Field nine times.
The Eagles will have a tough road schedule, traveling to nationally ranked Minnesota State University, the University of Indianapolis, SIUE, and NAIA Tournament participant McKendree College. Indianapolis knocked the Eagles out of the conference tournament and ended any chance of a national tournament appearance.
“We hope that our strength of schedule will help us be considered for the NCAA II Tournament which has expanded to 24 teams this season,” Head Coach Bill Wilkins stated.
USI, which lost seven seniors from its 2000 campaign, will return junior forward Kristen Light (Florissant, Missouri) and freshman forward Aisha Earle-Smith (Spring, Texas). Light was third on the team with 17 points (eight goals and one assist) while Earle-Smith scored 19 points (2nd on the team) off seven goals and five assists.
“We’re excited about the season,” Wilkins explained. “We have had to reload after the loss of six starting seniors and have tried to add a couple of new teams to the schedule.”
Among the new teams that USI has added to the schedule are Brescia University, Northern Michigan, Oakland City University, and St. Cloud State University.
Other important dates on the schedule include the conference opener, Friday, September 14, at Indianapolis, and the GLVC Tournament, which is slated to begin on Halloween.
Dan McDonnell, USI Sports Information