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2005 Season Outlook

The University of Southern Indiana women's soccer team will face a whole new set of challenges in the GLVC when the squad begins the 2005 campaign. The GLVC has expanded by three teams this year to include Rockhurst University, Drury University, and the University of Missouri-Rolla.

The GLVC Tournament remains in the eight-team format, despite the addition of the three squads. This means the Screaming Eagles, who just missed the tournament a year ago, will have to step up just a little more this year to make the conference tournament.

Under the direction of third-year Head Coach Krissy Engelbrecht, USI is looking to get to the .500 mark for the first time since the 2000 season after a 6-9-1 campaign in 2004. Englebrecht has directed the Eagles to a 12-18-2 record in two seasons, going 6-14-0 in the GLVC and has had them in contention for a tournament berth in both years.

FORWARDS:
Offensively, the Screaming Eagles return their top two scorers in senior Brooklyn Gant and sophomore Julie Collins. Gant and Collins will lead a talented group of seven forwards into 2005.

Collins led USI in scoring as a freshman, recording a team-high 13 points on five goals and three assists. The five goals also were a team high.

Gant was just one point behind Collins with 12 on four goals and a team-best four assists.

Also returning from last year's squad is sophomore Katie Grossman. Grossman saw action in 11 games, missing the last seven games to an ankle injury.

New to the team this fall are freshmen Lauren Pineda and Brittany Carnegie.

Pineda is a two-time All-Area player and a 2004 All-Conference honoree at West Lafayette High School. She had 33 career goals and 36 career assists while helping lead WLHS to three sectional titles, two regional crowns, and four conference championships.

Carnegie was a four-sport student athlete and the top female athlete in 2004 at R.A. McMath Secondary School. She helped lead R.A. McMath to multiple district soccer championships and berths in the provincial round.

MIDFIELD:

In 2005, senior Alisann Shetler will convert from forward to midfield. USI's top offensive threat during the last three years, Shetler was third on the team in scoring last year with nine points on four goals and one assist.

Shetler ranks fourth all-time at USI with 40 points on 18 goals and four assists. The 18 goals also rank fourth all-time.

Joining Shetler in the midfield are two returning players -- junior Kara Marcum and sophomore Katie Barisano  -- and a pair of newcomers -- freshman Serena Loewenthal and sophomore Meghann Cage.

Eagles hope to receive the offensive production they saw from Marcum as a freshman. Marcum, who came off the bench as a sophomore, scored four points on a goal and two assists, down from her freshman season that saw her rank in the top 10 in the GLVC in assists.

Barisano played in 17 matches last season as a freshman, scoring five points on a pair of goals and one assist.

Loewenthal will have to make the transition from a back position in high school to the collegiate midfield. She was the Most Valuable Player and an All-Conference performer at Bloomington North High School as well as a member of the Indiana All-Star Team for three seasons.

Cage was a four-year varsity player at North High School and was first team All-Area, All-SIAC, and All-District in 2000.

DEFENSE:

The Eagles improved on defense in 2004 despite suffering through numerous injuries.  USI deflated a 2.15 GAA in 2003 to 2.07 in 2004 and have eight returning players on the roster in 2005.

Junior goalkeeper Casey Hrvatin  will set up shop between the posts once again in 2005. Hrvatin dropped her GAA from 2.33 as a freshman to 1.65 as a sophomore. She also posted her first two career shutouts last season.

Hrvatin is joined between the posts by sophomore Meagan Homolla. Homolla saw plenty of action last season, subbing for the injured Hrvatin and posted a 2.43 GAA in 12 matches. She also had a pair of shutouts.

In front of the goal, the Eagles have a veteran line-up with five returning players -- juniors Megan Williams and  Rebecca Cripe; and sophomores Keri Land, Casey Alexander, and Jessica Stawick.

The most consistent  of the returners are outside backs Land, Stawick, and Alexander. The trio played in every match for the Eagles last season and had 46 starts between them.

Williams and Cripe will be switching positions in 2005. Williams has seen playing time mainly as a forward and has scored three points on three assists in her first two years. Cripe, who has split time between being a forward and a midfielder, has 11 career points on four goals and three assists.

New to the USI backfield in 2005 is freshmen Jessica Snyder and Cara Jensen. Snyder earned nine varsity letters in three different sports at Noblesville High School. The Indiana Soccer Coaches Association High School MVP in 2004 helped lead NHS to a number one ranking in the state in 2004 and to Hoosier Crossroads Conference championships in 2003 and 2004.

Jensen was a three-year starter for Rockwood Summit High School and helped the Falcons win the 2003 district championship.

 

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