USI begins GLVC action Friday Eagles start by hosting Drury, visiting Truman State

The University of Southern Indiana women’s soccer team begins the 2018 Great Lakes Valley Conference campaign Friday when it hosts Drury University for a special 3:30 p.m. kickoff at Strassweg Field. The Screaming Eagles hit the road for the second half of the weekend and conclude the first weekend of GLVC play at 20th-ranked Truman State University Sunday at noon in Kirksville, Missouri.

Coverage for the Eagles in GLVC action can be found at

Week 3 Eagle Notes: 

Eagles get go 1-0-1 last week: The Screaming Eagles (1-2-1) got on track last week with a neutral-site 1-1 double overtime tie versus Northern Michigan University and a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory at Purdue University Northwest in Hammond, Indiana.

Offense shows up: After nearly three matches, the USI offense has made its first  appearance in 2018. Junior midfielder Courtney Spicer posted USI’s first goal of the year, scoring at the 86:06 mark of the tie with Northern Michigan, while freshman forward Madeline Weston and junior forward/midfielder Emilie Blomenkamp scored in the Eagles win versus Purdue Northwest.

GLVC Preseason poll: USI is predicted to place eighth in the GLVC during the 2018 season. USI tied for fifth last year in the conference regular season with a 6-4-4 conference mark, prior to bowing out of the GLVC Tournament in the first round.

Schoenstein is in his third year: USI Head Coach Eric Schoenstein is in his third season as the head coach of the Eagles, producing an 18-16-7 mark and back-to-back GLVC Tournament appearances.

USI vs. Drury: The Eagles hope to narrow Drury’s 8-5-0 all-time series lead Friday. USI won last year’s match-up, 5-0, at Strassweg Field, while Drury has won three of the last five meetings.

Drury in 2018: Drury (0-3-1) has struggled out of the gate in 2018, tying Christian Brothers University, 2-2, to start the year before being shutout in its last three matches.

USI vs. Truman State: USI trails the all-time series to 20th-ranked Truman State, 7-2-1, dating back to 1997. The Eagles defeated the Bulldogs, 2-1, last year at Strassweg Field and broke a four-game losing streak to Truman State.

Truman State in 2018: Truman State (4-0-0) has the best overall record in the GLVC, sweeping four non-conference games and allowing only one goal in 360 minutes of action. The Bulldogs, who host Lewis University Friday before welcoming the Eagles, also are averaging 2.5 goals per contest.


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