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2006 Season Outlook

The University of Southern Indiana women's soccer team will begin the 2006 campaign with its sights set on winning its first GLVC championship in the 10-year history of the program.

The Screaming Eagles took their first step toward that goal last fall when it reached the GLVC Tournament for the first time since the 2000 season. USI also completed the 2005 year with its first winning season -- 9-8-2 overall record, 8-5-0 in the league --since 2000.

Under the direction of fourth-year Head Coach Krissy Engelbrecht, USI is looking to keep moving up the GLVC standings after a fifth place showing last year. Englebrecht has directed the Eagles to a 21-29-3 record in three seasons, going 14-19-0 in the GLVC.

The Screaming Eagles return their top offensive threat in junior Julie Collins.

Collins led USI in scoring for a second straight season, recording a team-high 28 points on 11 goals and six assists. The second team All-GLVC performer, who had five game-winning goals as a sophomore, moved into USI's top five all-time in scoring with 41 career points and 16 career goals.

In addition to Collins, the Eagles return senior Megan Williams and sophomore Lauren Pineda.  Williams had two goals in nine matches, while Pineda played 18 matches a year ago.

USI adds depth to the 2006 offensive front line with the addition of junior Heather DeLonga and freshmen Alison Conquest and Rachel Caksackkar.

Delonga transfers to USI from Southwestern Illinois Community College where she was named All-American as a sophomore and honorable mention All-American as a freshman. She also was named All-Region twice.

Conquest was named All-Conference and honorable mention All-Area by the Hammond Times and Gary Post-Tribune while at Merrillville High School.


The 2006 midfield will be anchored by an experienced line of five returning players.

The top returning offensive threats from the middle of the field are juniors Katie Grossman and Jessica Stawick. Grossman was third on the squad in scoring with 14 points on six goals and two assists. She also had the game-winning goal in the win over Lewis in the regular season finale.

Stawick was fourth on the team with seven points on two goals and three assists.

The Eagles have extensive midfield experience with the return of senior Kara Marcum; sophomores Serena Loewenthal and Meghan Cage; and redshirt freshman Kelli Kubicki. Marcum, who was one of the GLVC leaders in assists as a freshman, has 15 points in three season on three goals and nine assists.

Cage had two goals, including a game-winner against Ferris State University, and three assists while playing in every game as a freshman. Loewenthal also played in every match, producing an assist.

Junior Mallory Minor and sophomore Cara Jansen make the move to the midfield after playing last season on defense. Jansen played in all 19 matches during her first year, while Minor appeared in 14 matches, after joining the team following the start of the year.

New to the middle of the field are freshmen Shauni Boudia, Kara Georgeff, Katie Teagarden, and Julie Vaughn. Boudia was a two-time Indiana All-State performer and earned first team honors for Noblesville High School in 2005. She also was a two-time first team All-District and All-Conference player.

Georgeff was a three-time first team All-Conference player and an All-District and All-Area honoree as a senior, while scoring 22 goals for Highland High School. Teagarden was an All-Conference and team Most Valuable Player in 2005 in helping Speedway High School to a conference championship in soccer.

Vaughan was a 2004 honorable mention All-City and second team All-District performer at Evansville Central High School.


The Eagles defense has continued to improve over the last three seasons, lowering the team 2.15 goals against average in 2004 to 1.73 in 2005. Leading this defensive resurgence is junior goalkeeper Meagan Homolla. The honorable mention All-GLVC performer had a team-best 1.68 GAA as a sophomore and averaged 6.1 saves per match. The 6.1 saves per match ranked second in the league.

In front of the goal, the Eagles have a veteran line-up with five returning players -- senior Rebecca Cripe; junior Katie Barisano and Keri Land; and sophomores Casey Alexander and Jessica Snyder.

Land and Cripe started every game for USI on defense, while Barisano played in 19 contests with 17 starts. Alexander missed all of last season with a knee injury, but should be a big help to the defense in 2006.

Beginning their collegiate career on the Eagles are defenders Katie Austin, Jaclyn Clements and Jenna Keusch; and goalkeeper Jami Martin

Keusch was a three-time All-Big 8 Conference performer for Jasper High School, while earning honorable mention All-State honors in 2005 and All-District recognition in 2004 and 2005. She also was a member of the All-Academic team as a junior and senior.

Clements was named to Crown Point High School Top Team Player and Indiana Soccer Coaches Association Academic All-State in 2005. The CPHS Bulldogs won the 2003 sectional and regional crowns and a share of the 2005 Duneland Athletic Conference championship during Clements' tenure.

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