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October 09, 2003

USI women’s soccer to play a split schedule this week

The University of Southern Indiana women’s soccer team faces a split schedule this week as it tries to get back on track. The Screaming Eagles will host a non-conference match with West Virginia Wesleyan College Friday, October 10, at 7 p.m. before going on the road to play a GLVC match at Kentucky Wesleyan College Sunday, October 12, at noon.

The Eagles have not been flying high over the last few weeks, dropping the last four matches and six of the last seven. Despite the hard times, the Eagles are showing signs of improvement.

USI took defending GLVC champion Northern Kentucky University to the brink last Sunday, staying with the Norse until the last five minutes of the 2-1 loss.

The squad is still showing offensive spark, led by sophomore forward Alisann Shetler (Evansville, Indiana) and senior forward Aisha Earle-Smith (Spring, Texas). Shetler leads the team with 13 points on six goals and one assist, while Smith has 12 points on five goals and two assists.

In the GLVC, Shetler ranks fifth in the conference in scoring and goals scored. Earle-Smith joins Shetler in the top 10 in scoring at eighth and in goals scored at ninth. Freshman midfielder Kara Marcum (Evansville, Indiana) leads the GLVC with 0.55 assists per game (six assists, 11 games).

USI finishes the three-match homestand with West Virginia Wesleyan Friday evening at Strassweg Field. WVWC begins this week’s play ranked sixth in the Great Lakes Region and with a 7-3-0 overall record. The Bobcats will play Concord College Wednesday, October 8, before coming to USI.

Friday’s match between USI and WVWC will be the first women’s soccer match between the two institutions.

The Eagles resume GLVC action on the road Sunday, October 12, when they travel to KWC for a showdown at noon. The Panthers start this week’s play with a 2-6-0 overall record and a 0-5-0 mark in the GLVC. KWC hosts the University of Missouri-St. Louis on Friday before playing the Eagles on Sunday.

USI leads the all-time series with KWC, 6-0-0, after winning last season, 3-0, at Strassweg Field. The Eagles have not played the Panthers in Owensboro since 1999.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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