Benoist Earns Weekly Honors after Leading Eagles to First Victory​​​​​​​

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Soccer sophomore defender Sam Benoist (Foristell, Missouri) was named the TicketSmarter Summit League Offensive Peak Performer of the Week after leading the Screaming Eagles to their first win of the season against Eastern Illinois University on Saturday, 3-2. The Summit League’s weekly accolades are voted upon by league officials.

Benoist collected two goals in a span of 22 seconds of play on Saturday, giving the Eagles the late lead against the Panthers. He collected two shots and two shots on goal on the match, converting both chances.
Both goals came when USI trailed Eastern Illinois in the second half 2-1. Benoist’s first goal tied the match at two and he was quickly back on the attack to make it a 3-2 ball game which the Eagles would hold onto to secure the win.
Benoist’s two goals were assisted on by both Ednilson Voiles (Jeremie, Haiti) and Will Kirchhofer (Fishers, Indiana).
He now ranks second on the team with four points on the year, all four coming from his two goals. He is also now tied with Nick Faddis (St. Louis, Missouri) for most goals on the team.
Benoist and the Eagles return to the pitch on Tuesday as they travel to take on longtime foe in Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky with a 6pm (CDT) kickoff. The Knights come into the match with a 5-3-1 record and are on a three-game win streak. USI then returns home for one match, hosting Summit League foe in the University of Nebraska Omaha on Saturday, October 8, at Strassweg Field with kickoff scheduled for 7pm.