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September 28, 2006

USI women's soccer hopes to build momentum

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana women's soccer team is looking to continue its winning ways at Strassweg Field when it hosts Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Friday at 7:30 p.m. and No. 9 Quincy University Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Katie Grossman

The Screaming Eagles (4-7-0, 2-5-0 GLVC) have been on a roll at home, winning each of its last three matches at Strassweg Field. USI is 3-2-0 at home this year, 1-5-0 away from Strassweg Field.

The key to USI's recent success at home is its offensive production. The Eagles have scored eight goals in the home winning streak, amounting to 61.5 percent of their goal production this season.

Leading the way are three forwards juniors Katie Grossman (Evansville, Indiana) and Julie Collins (Merrillville, Indiana) and freshman Alison Conquest (Crown Point, Indiana). Collins had a two goals, one a game-winner against McKendree College, and three assists in the first two victories, while Conquest has had a goal in all three wins, including the game-winner against the University of Findlay.

Julie Collins

Grossman led the Eagles to the third win at Strassweg with a pair of goals against Kentucky Wesleyan College Tuesday night. She leads the team with nine points this season on four goals and one assist.

Between the posts, USI junior goalkeeper Meagan Homolla (Portage, Indiana) has had the hot hand at Strassweg. Homolla has allowed just one goal, made 15 saves, and recorded two shutouts during the last three home matches.

SIUE (5-4-2, 3-3-2 GLVC) comes to Evansville on an up-note after getting back on track with a 3-0 victory over Lewis University Tuesday. The Cougars are playing .500 soccer over their last three matches with a win, a loss, and a tie.

Alison Conquest

USI trails SIUE in the all-time series, 9-2-1, and has lost two straight to the Cougars.

Quincy (11-0-0, 8-0-0 GLVC) has been perfect all season and plays at Kentucky Wesleyan College Friday evening before making an appearance at Strassweg Field. The Hawks have been an offensive juggernaut in 2006, outscoring their opponents 32-5.

The Eagles lead the all-time series 5-4-1, and won last year's meeting 4-1 at Quincy. The 2006 win broke USI's four-match losing streak to Quincy.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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