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–ICYMI: The men’s soccer team upset No. 16 Butler last night, 3-1. It was the Aces’ second upset of a ranked team this season — they beat then-No. 7 Saint Louis in September — and they continued their unbeaten streak at home. Sophomores Nate Opperman and Mark Anthony Gonzalez, and junior Dylan Terry all scored for UE, while sophomore Faik Hajderovic picked up two more assists and now leads the nation with 10 on the season.

My story in today’s paper: http://www.courierpress.com/news/2013/oct/01/evansville-tops-no-16-butler/

Some highlights from last night’s interviews with head coach Mike Jacobs and goalkeeper Eric Teppen:

In the briefs: The University of Evansville athletic department is hosting an open house Thursday at 6 p.m. Fans will be able to tour the Fifth Third Bank Basketball Practice Facility as well as see the renovations to Carson Center.

–Freshman Emily Richardson was tabbed MVC Offensive Player of the Week this week after tallying her first career goal against Drake on Sunday. The forward for the women’s soccer team put the Aces up in the 11th minute, which was good enough for the win.

–The men’s golf team wrapped up the Cleveland State Invitational yesterday, moving up from 30th to finish tied for third. Senior Quinn Vilneff posted the lowest round of the day on Tuesday, a 5-under 67, to help the Aces to a 286 team score. Vilneff posted a 210 for the 54-hole tournament, good for fifth place. He was just four strokes behind the top finisher.

–From around the MVC: The Springfield News-Leader Missouri State beat writer Lyndal Scranton wrote a column about the future strength of the MVC. With the departure of Creighton and weaker non-conference schedule, will the Valley schools have good enough RPIs to get multiple NCAA Tournament berths?

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