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October 09, 2008

USI Women's soccer starts GLVC second half
Eagles goes on the road to play Bellarmine and NKU

EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana women's soccer team begins the second half of the GLVC schedule this weekend when it goes on the road to play at Bellarmine University Friday and Northern Kentucky University Sunday. Kick-off Friday at Bellarmine is 2:55 p.m. (CDT), while start time Sunday at NKU is 11 a.m. (CDT).

The Screaming Eagles (4-7-0, 1-5-0 GLVC) start the second half of the conference schedule in a hole, having taken just one of the first six matches. USI starts this week's schedule three games back of the final GLVC Tournament spot and must build momentum on the road. The Eagles play four of the final six matches away from Strassweg Field.

USI is coming off a tough overtime loss to Quincy University last Sunday when the Hawks scored in the final seconds of the "sudden victory" overtime. Despite the loss, the Eagles have won two of the last three.

The Knights of Bellarmine (6-4-2, 2-4-1 GLVC) started this week's action with a 1-0 win over Quincy on Monday and enters Friday's match one-and-a-half games over USI. Bellarmine has won two of its last three matches, going 1-0-1 in conference action.

BU freshman midfielder Brittany Nakatani leads the Knights with 13 points on five goals and three assists.

The all-time series between USI and Bellarmine is tied 6-6-0 with the Knights winning the last three meetings.

The Norse of NKU (8-2-0, 4-2-0 GLVC) have been hot the last few weeks, winning their last two matches and five of their last six. NKU starts conference play Friday by hosting the University of Missouri-St. Louis before USI visits.

NKU freshman forward Kelly Sullivan and freshman midfielder Amanda Mason lead the Norse with 17 points each on five goals and seven assists. The pair also are tied for third in the GLVC in scoring.

The Norse lead the all-time series with the Eagles, 10-3-0, and have taken the last nine meetings.

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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