USI Women’s Soccer releases spring season schedule

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The University of Southern Indiana women’s soccer team announced its lineup of spring matches Thursday, headlined by a home date with Indiana State University.

The five-match slate is comprised entirely of NCAA I programs, opening March 22 at Belmont University and concluding April 19 at the University of Evansville. This is the fourth-straight spring that USI Women’s Soccer has opted for the all-NCAA I approach.

“Playing a DI spring schedule better prepares us for the difficult grind of GLVC play,” said USI Women’s Soccer Head Coach Eric Schoenstein. “We always come out of the spring more confident and excited for the fall.”

The Screaming Eagles players echo Schoenstein’s outlook on their spring slate. Junior goalkeeper Skylar Brant said that playing a NCAA I spring schedule offers great mental and physical challenges but adds another element for the group.

“Going out and showing that we’re able to compete with these opponents really builds our confidence individually and as a team.”

Junior defender Ashley Hayes added, “we want to keep our winning mindset that we had in the fall, continue working for each other and surpass what we accomplished last spring.”

The entire five-match schedule is as follows:

March 22 Belmont University 1 p.m.
March 28 Southern Illinois University 1 p.m.
April 4 Southeast Missouri State University 2 p.m.
April 9 Indiana State University 7 p.m.
April 19 University of Evansville 7 p.m.

USI Women’s Soccer opens the 2020 Great Lakes Valley Conference campaign September 13 at McKendree University. The non-conference regular season slate is to be determined.

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