EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - On Friday night, the University of Southern Indiana women’s soccer team will take the pitch to defend the program’s GLVC title from 2019 against the University of Indianapolis.
The Screaming Eagles (11-3-1) punched their ticket to St. Charles, Missouri after an aggressive offensive outing against Rockhurst in the quarterfinals. USI defeated the Hawks, 3-1, to advance to the semifinals.
”We just knew going into it that we could do it, we had all the energy, the fanbase was awesome, so we were very energized and ready to go,” USI senior defender Madelyne Juenger said. “We’ve always had great team chemistry, we bound on and off the field so that’s definitely been huge for us. It’s been a tough year, we’ve overcame a lot of stuff this year, so just staying connected has really helped.”
The Eagles are set to face the Greyhounds in the semifinal game on Friday. UIndy defeated USI back in the first game of the season, 2-1.
“Now, we’re completely different just like UIndy is completely different,” USI head coach Eric Schoenstein said. “So you can’t go back to that first match and say this is what we’re going to see. It’s going to be a tremendous game with two teams that have a mutual respect for each other, that are just going to go out there and try to beat each other to every ball.”
With a victory against the Greyhounds, the Eagles would punch their ticket to the conference title game for the second year in a row.
“I feel like we know each other a lot,” Schoenstein said. “I feel like being the defending champion, everyone wants to knock you off that title but the girls they’re focused, they’re ready to go - they understand that there’s a target on their back but they’re excited about it.”
The GLVC Tournament semifinals and championship game are slated to be played Hunter Stadium on the Lindenwood University campus in St. Charles, Missouri.
USI and UIndy are set to face off on Friday at 5 p.m.