Big first half propels Eagles 6-0 win


The University of Southern Indiana women’s soccer team scored four times in the first half and cruised to a 6-0 victory over the University of Missouri-St. Louis Sunday afternoon at Strassweg Field. The Screaming Eagles go to 5-2-0 overall and is 3-2-0 GLVC, while UMSL is 1-6-0 overall, 1-4-0 GLVC.

USI junior forward Taylor McCormick (Rapid City, South Dakota) started the scoring early for the Eagles, heading in the first tally of the match at 6:45. McCormick picked up her first goal off a cross from junior forward Audrey Andrzejewski (St. Charles, Missouri).

The Eagles scored their next three goals within five minutes, beginning junior defender Madelyne Juenger (Columbia, Illinois) converting a penalty kick at 21:42 for a 2-0 lead. Junior midfielder Sunny Lehman (Evansville, Indiana) increased the lead to 3-0 two minutes later at 23:39 with her second goal of the season off of a pass from senior midfielder Emilie Blomenkamp (Smithton, Illinois).

USI finished its scoring barrage at 28:30 sophomore midfielder Lyndsee Monac (New Brighton, PA) posted her first tally of the season off of a double-assist by Blomenkamp and Lehman.The 4-0 advantage would roll through the intermission.

In the second half, USI would wait until the 78:39 mark to increase the lead when junior forward Maggie Winter (St. Louis, Missouri) and freshman midfielder Jill DiTusa (St. Charles, Illinois) converted penalty kicks one minute apart. Winter picked up USI’s fifth goal at 78:39, while DiTusa finished the scoring at 79:39.

Between the posts, freshman goalkeeper Maya Etienne (Midland, Michigan) and junior goalkeeper Skylar Brant (Plymouth, Michigan) combined for the shutout. Etienne got the win after making six saves, while Brant made two saves in her season debut.

The Eagles are on the road next four games, beginning with Southwest Baptist University Friday at 3:30 p.m. in Bolivar, Missouri, and Drury University October 6 at noon in Springfield, Missouri. The USI-Southwest Baptist match-up will be the first meeting between the two programs all-time and in GLVC play.

Drury holds an 8-6-0 advantage in the all-time series, but USI has won the last three matches, including the last two at Strassweg Field, 5-0 in 2017 and 3-1 in 2018.



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