Eagles Fall to #15 Pioneers


DENVER, Colo. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Soccer fell to 15th ranked Denver University on Wednesday night, 6-0. The Screaming Eagles fall to 1-10-2, 1-3-0 Summit League, while the Pioneers improve to 8-2-5, 3-0-2 Summit League.
Denver came out hot to start the match, scoring in the third minute to take the early 1-0 lead thanks to Ian Smith. The Pioneers would then convert a penalty kick given away by the Eagles, as Sam Bassett stretched the lead to two goals. They wouldn’t stop there as the Pioneers would add two more goals before the half was over. Denver scored at the 25:47 mark, as Smith secured his brace on the night, and at the 38:51 mark thanks to Trevor Wright, allowing the Pioneers to go into halftime with a 4-0 lead.
Denver didn’t stop there, adding two goals in the second within two minutes to reach the final score of 6-0. Jason Belloli scored the first of the two while Wright became the second Pioneer of the night to earn a brace.
Denver outshot USI 29-4 on the match and had a 15-1 advantage in shots on goal. Three different Eagles recorded a shot. Those three included Nick Faddis (St. Louis, Missouri), Will Kirchhofer (Fishers, Indiana), Ryan Nevins (St. Peters, Missouri), and Elmer Garcia (Indianapolis, Indiana). Faddis also finished the match with the lone shot on goal. Junior goalkeeper Alec Meissner (St. Charles, Missouri) finished the match with eight saves after facing 29 shots.
The Eagles conclude their short road trip with a matchup with Lindenwood University on Sunday, October 23, in St. Charles, Missouri with kickoff set for 2pm. The Eagles and Lions met earlier this season in a non-conference matchup at Strassweg Field, where Lindenwood came out victorious, 2-1.
The Lions come into the match with USI with a 2-8-1, 1-3-0 Summit League, record. Lindenwood is led this year by Anis Smajlovic who has three goals and three assists while Meldin Sabotic has started every match this season and has allowed 25 goals while making 43 and facing 161 shots.
The match between the Lions and Eagles can be seen on ESPN+.