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Monday, October 17, 2022

Upcoming Events

* Lytho Lunch and Learn

Attend the Lytho Lunch and Learn to find tips on how to use the new marketing request system and best practices. Feel free to submit questions in advance to or on the Zoom! Join us via Zoom at on October 25 at 12 Noon.

Submitted by Holly Smith
* Music Conservatory Hosts Army Brass Band

On Monday, October 17, the Music Conservatory will host an ensemble of the 399th Army Brass Band. The “Route 66 Brass Band” will perform in Neu Chapel at 7:30 p.m. They are comprised of 7 to 9 musicians that perform fun, high-energy music. They play everything from rock, Latin, funk, pop, and more. Admission is free and seating is first come, first served.

Submitted by Amy Esche
* Archery Club Callout Meeting

Archery Club is holding a callout meeting for prospective members on Thursday, October 20, 2022, in SOBA 172 from 7-8 pm. Come and join us to see what Archery Club is all about! Meet fellow club members and coaches and just hang out while bouncing some ideas around for the semester. Hope to see you there. If you have any questions or are just curious, please don't be afraid to contact me at

Submitted by Peighton Brown
* UE Jazz Band Tour To New Orleans

The UE Jazz Band will be taking a concert tour of New Orleans Louisiana October 24-27. They will host a free NOLA Tour Kick-Off Concert on Sunday October 23 at 4:00 PM in the Class of '59 Lounge on the second floor of Ridgway. The band will tour St. Louis Cathedral, French Market, Louis Armstrong Park, Preservation Hall among other NOLA landmarks. The UE Jazz Band will also perform on the Creole Queen Paddle Wheel riverboat, Outlook Collection at Riverwalk, and the Washington Artillery Park. This tour will allow UE students will to visit one of the birthplaces of jazz and experience a city with rich cultural traditions.

Submitted by Timothy Zifer
* Guest Speaker from the US Secret Service

Rania Mousa, Associate Professor of Accounting and Mead Johnson Nutrition Endowed Chair in Business, would like to invite students to attend an upcoming talk with a guest speaker from the United States Secret Service. The US Secret Service is one of the federal law enforcement agencies overseen by the Department of Homeland Security. It has a mission of protecting the highest elected leaders and visiting foreign heads of state, safeguarding the integrity of the currency, and investigating crimes against the U.S. financial system committed by criminals around the world and in cyberspace.

The guest speaker is Special Agent Michael Moore. He serves as the USSS Evansville Domicile Agent. He earned his B.S. in Economics from Purdue University and an M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from Sam Houston State University. He is specialized in suppressing criminal activities by investigating financial crimes, such as frauds against the government, counterfeiting currency and credit cards, embezzlement, bank and insurance scams, elder fraud, and money laundering. SSA Moore also implements security plans for dignitaries.

Day: Monday, October 17
Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
Location: Schroeder School of Business Building, SB 170 (Smythe Hall)

Submitted by Dr. Rania Mousa
* College of Business & Engineering Speaker Series Women's Entrepreneurship Week: Lunch & Learn Panel A Celebration of Female Entrepreneurs

University of Evansville - College of Business & Engineering Speaker Series
Women’s Entrepreneurship Week: Lunch & Learn Panel
A Celebration of Female Entrepreneurs!

Tuesday, October 18th, 12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Schroeder School of Business Rm 170

Join us on October 18th for a lunch and learn panel featuring successful business founders: Gayla Bell (Gayla Cakes), Emily Conley (Emily Writes Well), and Alissa Paik (Thrive Marketing Strategies). Dean Beverly Brockman will provide a short introduction into the entrepreneurial process, followed by Q&A with the panel to hear about their entrepreneurial journey and tips for success.

A Zoom option will be provided for those that would like to attend virtually. The link will be sent via email within 48 hours of the start time of the event.

Box lunch of artisan sandwich or salad and side will be provided. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

For questions or concerns please contact Nick Bragin at

Register online

Submitted by Nicholas Bragin
* Raising awareness for male sexual assault victims

Join us for a round table discussion on October 26th from 5:30-7:30 in Eykamp 251 to raise awareness about resources available for male sexual assault victims.

Submitted by Marysa Bernard
* Chipotle Fundraiser for UE Nursing

Senior nursing students will be hosting a giveback at Chipotle to benefit the Evansville Recovery Alliance.

Submitted by Anna Bury
* Majors and Minors Fair

The Majors and Minors Fair is open to all students on Tuesday, October 18, from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. in Eykamp Hall.

Thinking about changing or adding a major or minor? This is your chance to network with faculty, current students, and alumni from academic departments as well as student support services. Learn more about the classes, research opportunities, internships, and career outcomes.

For more information, contact

Submitted by Paula Heldt
* Employee Fall Healthier Behavior Challenge

The UE Summer Healthy Behavior challenge is still in progress, but we will soon switch up the pace with our Fall Healthy Behavior Challenge! Introducing the Fall Into Fitness Step Challenge! Join us as we "Fall Into Fitness" for 5 weeks! The Fall season is here and we are walking our way to wellness! Earn a one-time $150 in HRA credits (if you are NOT participating in the Summer Healthy Behavior Challenge) for successfully completing the challenge!

This challenge will begin October 10th - November 13th. Follow the link below to sign up!! A link to submit your weekly steps will be emailed to you at the start of the challenge. See the flyer for additional information!


Submitted by Taylor Kollak

Changemaker Corner

* Global Scholar, Professor Rania Mousa Presents Research at University of Bologna

Associate Professor of Accounting and Mead Johnson Nutrition Endowed Chair Rania Mousa has presented her research at the Sustainable and Socially Responsible Finance Conference held at The Yunus Social Business Center in the University of Bologna in Italy on Oct. 6-7, 2022. The University of Bologna is the oldest university in the Western World.

Professor Mousa presented her co-authored paper titled, Reimagining Financial Inclusion in the Post COVID-19 World: The Case of Grameen America. The paper identifies and examines the key initiatives undertaken by Grameen America in response to the COVID-19 pandemic using the Vulnerable Group Theory, the Special Agent Theory of Financial Inclusion, and the UN’s Sustainability Development Goals Framework. The research findings revealed that Grameen America sacrificed its organizational self-interests to fulfill its ethical duties towards underbanked women in the U.S. It also prioritized financial inclusion by alleviating the financial hardships of its clients and creating strategic partnerships with external organizations thereby contributing to the UN's SDGs 1 & 17.

Professor Mousa is a recipient of the Global Scholar Award 2022-2023 offered by the Center for Innovation & Change.

Submitted by Andrew Carter

Info You Should Know

* Pink Friday for Breast Cancer Edu and Awareness

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, wear pink this Friday to spread awareness! Look out for the ZTA Pink Patrol for a treat!

Submitted by Maggie Newcomb
* DPT Students to Complete Balance Assessments

Calling all adults over the age of 65!!!

Do you or a loved one suffer from poor balance? Have you noticed you aren't as steady as you used to be? Are you unable to stand on one leg for over 10 seconds without losing your balance? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, we are looking for your help!!

The UE DPT Class of 2024 is completing geriatric balance assessments at the Stone Family Center for Health Sciences on 10/25/2022 from 1:00-2:30 and 2:30-4:00. Each participant will be scheduled for one of the specified time above and will work with two DPT students to receive a simple health screen and appropriate balance screening assessments. The students will educate you on your performance and provide some suggestions on ways to improve your balance and/or reduce risk of falling.

Please sign up to participate

You may email Dr. Charlene Nolen at if you have any questions about participating. More information will be sent out if you agree to participate.

Submitted by Charlene Nolen
* Are You Ready For Advising and Registration Week?

The time to plan your next semester is fast approaching! Advising Week is October 24-28 and Registration Week begins October 31-November 4. Make sure to schedule an appointment with your advisor NOW, to be ready for registration. Check your UE email! You'll receive your registration time in the coming weeks. As always, if you have questions or concerns visit Academic Services in Olmsted Hall 116 or email us at

Submitted by Jade S Shelby
* Want to Learn How to be More Interculturally Competent?

Did you know you can earn a certificate in Intercultural Competence while you're studying at UE?
By completing FLC 360 (late start), FLC 361 (Winter Intersession) and COMM 380 (a frequently offered General Education requirement) you can complete and earn a certificate in Intercultural Competence!
For more information or questions, please contact Academic Services at or visit us in Olmsted Hall 116.

Submitted by Jade S Shelby
* Apply for UELA

The University of Evansville Leadership Academy applications are now open! All students who have at least two years before graduation at UE are encouraged to apply. Applications will close on October 31st. Please reach out to Caitlin O'Donnell, Hannah Garrity, or Lily Renfro if you have any questions!

Submitted by Caitlin O'Donnell
* New Accident Report Form - Fillable PDF

The Risk Management website in the UE Portal has a revised Accident Report Form available. The revised form is a fillable PDF but may also be printed and completed manually when necessary. For insurance purposes, anytime someone sustains even a minor injury and possibly refuses medical attention, this form should be completed and submitted to or delivered to the Administrative Services offices in the General Services building on campus.

Submitted by Duane Martin


* Second-half comeback earns Aces three points on the road at SIUE

Facing a first half deficit, the University of Evansville men's soccer team scored twice in the final 45 minutes to secure a 2-1 road victory over SIUE on Saturday afternoon in Edwardsville, Ill.

"We came out a bit slow today and they were all over us. It was a bit sloppy, but credit to the guys, we made a couple of changes and we played a lot of bodies today. Ethan (Garvey) was out of the game following an injury and we moved some guys around and the guys responded and never gave up and showed a lot of battle in the second half. It's a really good result on the road to come-from-behind and win 2-1 after being down," said Aces head men's soccer coach Marshall Ray. "Look forward to a little rest. We've had a long stretch of games, but ready to get back at it next Sunday and looking forward to hosting Drake for Senior Day."

On the attack, sophomore Jose Vivas helped orchestrate Evansville's success on the afternoon. Vivas helped tie the match with a goal on a PK and put the Aces in front with a picture-perfect cross into the box that was finished and proved to be the game-winner. The aforementioned match-winning goal was scored by junior Kai Phillip, who recorded his fourth goal of the season in the victory. Between the posts, graduate Alex Vidizzoni made four saves and picked-up his fifth win of the season in goal.

SIUE jumped on the scoreboard quickly to start the match and put Evansville under pressure early. The Cougars found the opener inside the match's first 10 minutes as a ball played into the box was clipped in by Oskar Lenz to give SIUE the advantage. Evansville would go on to generate its fair share of opportunities, but in the first half, SIUE held a 6-3 advantage in shots as the Cougars took their one-goal lead to the break.

Helping to shape the rest of the match, SIUE had a player sent off in the 54th minute, reducing the home side to just 10 men for the remainder of the match. Evansville showed a new energy in the second 45 and it showed as the Aces created a chance in the 71st minute. Vivas made a run into the box and just before he reached the endline was brought down, earning Evansville a PK. Vivas smashed the penalty past the SIUE keeper tying the match at a goal each. Just seven minutes later, it was Vivas again creating chances as the sophomore crossed the ball into the box, finding Phillip who calmly finished into the back of the net as the Aces grabbed the 2-1 comeback victory.

Evansville gets a much appreciated eight days of rest before welcoming Drake to Arad McCutchan Stadium on Sunday, October 23 at 2 PM for Senior Day.

Submitted by Athletics
* Firsdon's Brace Powers Belmont Past UE Women's Soccer, 2-1

Belmont sophomore forward Leah Firsdon’s first career brace helped power the host Bruins past the visiting University of Evansville women’s soccer team, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at E.S. Rose Park in Nashville, Tennessee.

Firsdon scored on rebound goals in the 54th and 63rd minutes to give Belmont a 2-0 advantage after a rain-soaked first half of play. Firsdon’s first goal came on a header off the right half of the six-yard box, while her second was a right-footed shot to the upper-right corner of the goal off a corner kick.

Evansville would get one goal back in the 67th minute, as fifth-year forward Emily Ormson converted from the penalty spot to cut the deficit to 2-1. Senior midfielder Monique Landrum earned the penalty kick by being taken down in the box on a ball played forward by UE. For Ormson, it was her team-leading fifth goal of the year and 18th career goal overall. She now stands just one goal shy of moving into UE’s career top 10 in goals, as she would tie former Purple Aces Heidi Grey (2004-07) and Stephanie Hartong (1993-97) for ninth place overall on Evansville’s career goals chart with one more goal.

Evansville threatened to equalize in the 79th minute, but a shot from out top by senior Kristen Harvey was saved by Belmont goalkeeper Sarah Doyle. Then, in the final minute, Evansville earned a corner kick, and senior defender Emilie Hill had a shot from behind traffic cleared away by Doyle in the final seconds, before a foul on the Purple Aces essentially ended the match.

With the victory, Belmont improves to 5-4-5 overall and 3-2-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Meanwhile, Evansville moves to 1-9-5 overall and 0-6-3 in the Valley with the result. The Purple Aces will conclude the 2022 season on Thursday night at Arad McCutchan Stadium, as UE will host Illinois State (2-13-1, 0-7-1 MVC) on “Senior Night.” Kick-off Thursday is set for 6:05 p.m.

Submitted by Athletics
* UE Swimmers, Divers Excel Against Valparaiso & USI

The University of Evansville men’s and women’s swimming teams had a strong start to their 2022-23 season on Friday at Valparaiso, while divers Madison Rollett (Evansville, Ind./Reitz), Valorie Marx (Evansville, Ind./Reitz) and Levi McKinney (Boonville, Ind./Boonville) impressed in a diving competition against the University of Southern Indiana on the UE campus.

Swimming-wise, the UE women won all 11 races against the Beacons, while the men won ten of the 11 races. Overall, UE took home a 137-65 victory on the women’s side and a 149-56 victory in the men’s competition. In fact, in the women’s competition, Evansville was not beaten by a single Valparaiso swimmer in any of the 11 races.

“Overall, I thought it was a great way to start the season,” said UE swimming head coach Stuart Wilson. “I saw some different people step up today, and it was also good to see our new swimmers get their first taste of Division I competition. Overall, a lot of positives today.”

Sophomore Sveva Brugnoli (Rome, Italy) and senior Sarah Jahns (Lilburn, Ga./Parkview) led UE women’s dominance, as they were undefeated in all three swims they competed in. Brugnoli won the individual titles in the 50-Yard Freestyle (25.01) and 100-Yard Butterfly (57.72), while teaming with seniors Sage Moore (Lexington, Ohio/Lexington) and Sonsoles Aguayo (Jerez, Spain) and junior Iryna Tsesiul (Minsk, Belarus) to cruise to the title in the 200-Yard Medley Relay in a time of 1:48.40. Meanwhile, Jahns dominated both the 500 Free (5:15.11) and 1,000 Free (10:40.07), and led off UE’s victory in the 200-Yard Free Relay (1:41.50), teaming with seniors Allison McDonald (Cape Girardeau, Mo./Cape Central) and Maya Cunningham (Yakima, Wash./Eisenhower) and junior Abigail Groenewold (Lombard, Ill./Timothy Christian).

On the men’s side, senior Riccardo Di Domenico (Johannesburg, South Africa), junior Jackson Caudill (Mount Sterling, Ky./Montgomery County), and sophomore Daniel Santos Lopez (Madrid, Spain) were undefeated in the pool on Friday. Di Domenico won both the 100-Yard (46.40) and 200-Yard Freestyle (1:40.97) events, while teaming with Santos Lopez, junior Alon Baer (Gesher HaZiv, Israel) and sophomore Benjamin Hasanovic (Innsbruck, Austria) to win the 200-Yard Medley Relay (1:32.51). Caudill, meanwhile, won both distance freestyle events, winning the 500-Yard race (4:44.75) and 1,000-Yard race (9:47.47). Lopez went a perfect three-for-three in the pool, winning the 200 Medley Relay, the 100-Yard Butterfly (50.99) and the 200-Yard Freestyle Relay (1:26.02) along with sophomore Jakob Grundbacher (Thalwil, Switzerland), junior Grant Kay (Ellicott City, Md./Hebron), and freshman Mohammed Rashed (Manama, Bahrain).

Diving-wise, Rollett and McKinney swept the one-meter and three-meter competitions on the women’s and men’s sides. Rollett dominated on the one-meter board, posting a personal-best mark of 253.50 to just miss posting an NCAA Zone-qualifying score by 12 points in the season-opening competition. Marx also posted a collegiate-best one-meter score of 217.88 to place second. McKinney, meanwhile, posted scores of 254.03 in the one-meter competition, and 247.35 in the three-meter competition to best high school teammate Lane Pollock of USI in the men’s competition.

“I was really pleased with what I saw today out of the divers,” said UE diving head coach Dustin Bredemeier. “To have both Maddie and Val post personal-best scores in the first meet of the year is obviously a great way to start, and I thought that Levi did some very good things in his first collegiate meet. Overall, I am very pleased.”

The Purple Aces are back in action again next Friday, when the UE women take part in the MVC Showcase in Carbondale, Illinois, while the UE men will battle Southern Illinois and Missouri State in a two-day meet in Carbondale.

Submitted by Athletics
* UE's Oulgout, Stewart Crack Top 10 At UE Cross Country Invitational

University of Evansville sophomores Adam Oulgout (St. Paul, Minn./Central) and Ellie Stewart (Lombard, Ill./Glenbard South) both cracked the individual top 10 on Saturday, as the Purple Aces hosted the 20th-annual UE Invitational at Angel Mounds Cross Country Course in Evansville.

Oulgout placed sixth overall in the men’s 8-K race Saturday with his second consecutive personal-best time with a mark of 26:28.6. Stewart, meanwhile, placed tenth in the women’s 5-K race with a personal-best time of 20:39.3. Overall, eight of the ten Purple Aces who competed today posted season-best times, with three women and two men posting personal-best times.

“It’s always nice to get to be at home, and as a first-time host at Angel Mounds, I was very excited to see how the course would run,” said UE Director of Cross Country/Track & Field Brooks LeCompte. “The teams overall ran well, despite missing a couple of people today.

“We are very small team-wise, so not having one or two people in the race can really hurt us, but everyone knew this and picked up the slack.”

Oulgout was UE’s top finisher, with fifth-year runner Carson Kline (Terre Haute, Ind./South) running second on the team and placing 20th overall with a time of 27:52.6. Freshman Joey Taylor (Grove City, Ohio/Central Crossing) ran third for UE with a time of 29:11.2, while junior Luke Watts (Austin, Ind./Austin) turned in a personal-best time by nearly a minute with a mark of 30:23.2. Junior Jacob Moffatt (Weston, Idaho/West Side) ran fifth for UE in his first race of the year.

“Overall, the men ran well today, with Adam leading us again,” said LeCompte. “A shout out to Luke Watts as well for the big PR today.”

On the women’s side, all five finishers for UE posted season-best times led by Stewart’s tenth-place finish. Juniors Emma Denbo (French Lick, Ind./Springs Valley) and Hannah Bryan (Evansville, Ind./Reitz) both turned in personal-best times of 21:41.2 and 22:06.1, while placing 22nd and 25th overall. Sophomore Kaitlyn Sansone (Fairfield, Ohio/Mercy McAuley) finished just 10 seconds later to post a season-best time and place 27th overall, while senior Claire Griffy (Salem, Ill./Salem Community) cut over three minutes off her season-best time.

“Coming off Louisville, the main message to the women was to keep racing after the first mile, and today, we took a huge step in the right direction with the group in that area,” said LeCompte. “I still think that we can improve even more at the MVCs. I am excited to go back to Terre Haute in two weeks.”

Evansville will take this next week off before taking part in the Missouri Valley Conference Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana on Friday, October 28.

Submitted by Athletics
* Volleyball earns first-ever road win at Illinois State

For the first time in program history, the University of Evansville volleyball team defeated Illinois State on the road.  On Saturday, the Purple Aces defeated the Redbirds by a final of 3-0 at Redbird Arena.

Alondra Vazquez led all players with 18 kills and is now just four away from setting the all-time Purple Aces record.  Giulia Cardona added 14 kills.  Both Vazquez and Cardona led UE with 11 digs while Kora Ruff added 10.  Ruff posted a match-high 37 assists. 

Set 1 – UE 25, ILS 21
Alondra Vazquez recorded an early kill to give UE a 3-2 lead before Illinois State made its first run to go in front at 8-4.  Following a time out, the Purple Aces stormed back.  Back-to-back service aces from Giulia Cardona knotted the score at 11-11.  The Redbirds fended off the challenge to go back in front at 14-12, but UE bounced back in a big way. 

Scoring the next six points, UE took an 18-14 edge and was able to finish the set with a 25-21 win.

Set 2 – UE 25, ILS 22
Seven ties led the frame off until ISU took the first multi-point lead at 10-7.  Three in a row by Evansville tied it right back up and the teams battled to a 13-13 score.  Things turned in favor of the Aces thanks to a 4-0 stretch with Cardona picking up a pair of kills.

After the Redbirds fought back to make it a 17-16 game, UE slowly added to its lead with Kora Ruff adding a kill to make it a 24-21 contest.  Following a Redbird point, Cardona picked up the clinching kill to give UE the 2-0 advantage in the match.                       

Set 3 – UE 25, ILS 20
With the score knotted at 3-3, Evansville took a 5-3 lead and would not look back.  The Redbirds got within one tally on two occasions with UE answering each time.  Madisyn Steele picked up a kill that helped turn a 6-5 lead into a 9-5 advantage.  It was off to the races from there as the lead continued to grow.  Emilee Scheumann registered a kill that made it a 19-11 game and the Aces held strong to take the 25-20 win and clinch the match.

A pair of home matches are on tap for the Aces next weekend when Drake and UNI come to Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

Submitted by Athletics
* Braves defeat volleyball in weekend opener

Alondra Vazquez put forth a stellar outing, hitting .429 with 22 kills, but it was Bradley finishing Friday’s match with a 3-1 victory over the University of Evansville volleyball team at Renaissance Coliseum.

Vazquez’ effort pushed her career kills tally to 1,685 and is just 21 shy of tying and 22 away from breaking the all-time Purple Aces program record.  Giulia Cardona registered 11 kills.  Kora Ruff led the Aces with 39 assists 17 digs with Cardona totaling 14 digs.  Madisyn Steele finished the evening with two solo blocks and three block assists.

Set 1 – BU 25, UE 23
It was the Braves who came out on fire, scoring the opening four points of the contest.  Hannah Watkins picked up a kill to help the Aces make it a 5-4 BU lead and they would add to their lead, going up 11-8.  Evansville’s first big run of the game followed as the next five tallies belonged to the Aces.

Following a kill from Vazquez, Blakeley Freeman registered consecutive service aces.  Vazquez picked up another kill in the run before Freeman finished things off with her third ace of the set to put UE in front for the first time at 13-11.  UE continued to hold the advantage at 21-19, but Bradley used a late 4-0 run to retake the lead before clinching the set, 25-23.

Set 2 – UE 25, BU 15
After coming up just short in game one, Evansville reeled off the first four points of the second set with Cardona picking up back-to-back kills to push the lead to 9-2.  The Aces continued to add to the advantage with a Vazquez kill making it a 16-6 game.  UE never let the Braves find their rhythm and it was Vazquez picking up the clinching kill in a 25-15 triumph.

Set 3 – BU 25, UE 18
Early runs proved to be a factor in the match and the Braves used a 3-0 start to push their way to a win in game three.  Following their run to open things up, Bradley extended their edge to five points at 11-6.  Another kill by Vazquez cut the deficit to 15-12 before the Braves countered with three in a row and would extend the lead to take a 2-1 match lead on the strength of a 25-18 decision.

Set 4 – BU 25, UE 20
The opening points of the fourth set belonged to the Aces with Vazquez adding another kill to her total.  After Evansville made it a 5-2 game, Bradley turned the tables, scoring the next six points to take their first lead of the set at 8-5.  Things continued to go Bradley’s way as a UE error pushed their advantage to 13-7.

Evansville made its way right back into the contest with Emilee Scheumann earning a kill that would be the start of a 5-0 run that cut the gap to just a point.  The Braves took a time out to regroup and responded with a 4-0 run.  UE was unable to overcome the deficit with the Braves clinching the match with a 25-20 victory.

On Saturday, the Aces will be in Normal, Ill. for a 7 p.m. match at Illinois State.

Submitted by Athletics
* UE Women's Soccer Heads To Belmont Sunday

The University of Evansville women’s soccer team will play its final road match of the 2022 season on Sunday afternoon, as the Purple Aces will travel to Nashville, Tennessee to battle the Bruins of Belmont.  Kick-off is set for 2:05 p.m. and Sunday’s match can be seen live on ESPN3.

Evansville will be trying to stay alive in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament race on Sunday.  Only the top eight teams in the league will make the tournament this year, and Evansville currently finds itself five points out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Valley.  It is still mathematically possible for Evansville to clinch a spot in the tournament, but it would involve the Purple Aces picking up two wins in their final two Valley matches, and UE getting help around the league.

The Purple Aces (1-8-5 overall, 0-5-3 MVC) are coming off of Thursday night’s 2-2 draw with Drake at Arad McCutchan Stadium.  Senior Monique Landrum (Escondido, Calif./San Pasqual) and sophomore Ryleigh Anslinger (Evansville, Ind./Memorial) both scored their first goals of the year on Thursday night to spark the UE offense.  The Purple Aces produced 10 shots in the match, including holding a 6-5 advantage in shots on goal over the visiting Bulldogs.  Landrum and Anslinger had two shots each to help lead UE.

Belmont, meanwhile, is in the mix of teams directly ahead of Evansville in the Valley standings, fighting to solidify a spot in the conference tournament this weekend.  The Bruins are currently in a three-team tie for sixth in the Valley with eight points (4-4-5 overall, 2-3-2 MVC) after suffering a 2-1 loss to Valparaiso on Thursday night.  Belmont is anchored by senior goalkeeper Sarah Doyle, who currently leads the MVC in goals against average (0.785), save percentage (.865), and saves per game (4.92).  Juniors Maci Pekmezian and Anna Sweeney both have three goals on the year to lead the Belmont offense.

Evansville leads the all-time series over Belmont, 7-3-1, including posting a 3-0 victory at Arad McCutchan Stadium last August behind a two-goal game from senior defender Emilie Hill. 

Submitted by Athletics

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