Sep 05, 2019
SIUE (0-1-1, 0-0-0 MAC)
vs. Evansville (1-1-0, 0-0-0 MVC)
Fri., Sept. 6, 7 p.m.
Bob Guelker Field / Ralph Korte Stadium
TONIGHT: SIUE opens the home season tonight with former conference foe Evansville.
FOR OPENERS: Following a 0-0 draw at Michigan State last Friday, SIUE is 4-5-3 in season openers since the return to Division I in 2008.
LAST SEASON: SIUE finished 2018 at 9-5-4. After opening the season 9-1-2 in their first 12 games, the Cougars struggled to an 0-4-2 finish to the season. SIUE was 6-2-1 at home and 3-3-3 on the road.
AT THE HELM: Cale Wassermann is in his first season as SIUE's head coach. He is the eighth head coach in program history.
WELCOME BACK: Wassermann returned to East Lansing after spending the last four seasons as an assistant and recruiting coordinator at Michigan State. Wassermann was on staff with the Spartans for each of the last two meetings with the Cougars.
SERIES STUFF: The Cougars own a 10-6-4 record all-time against Evansville. Last season, the schools played to a scoreless draw in Evansville. From 2010 through 2016, SIUE was a member of the Missouri Valley Conference, along with Evansville. The two teams met eight total times in the MVC, with SIUE winning five of those matches including in the semifinal of the 2016 MVC Tournament.