EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE men's soccer heads back on the road for a two-game swing against a pair of Ivy League opponents this weekend.
The Cougars will face Princeton Friday night before taking on Penn Sunday night.
After starting the year with three straight losses, SIUE is coming off a pair of home wins, both by shutout.
"Like I have said from day one, we have to get better every day," SIUE Head Coach Mario Sanchez said. "If you really look at our games we have. Even though early on we didn't the get the results we wanted we were definitely getting better."
The Cougars defeated Memphis 2-0 at home last Monday before triumphing over Valpo in a 1-0 overtime contest this past Saturday.
"We're inching our way towards more complete games," Sanchez added. "To have two shutouts is huge psychologically."
SIUE is 2-3 overall. Princeton and Penn are both seeking their first wins of the season. The Tigers are 0-2-1, while the Quakers are 0-3.
"Princeton is off to a little bit of a slow start but they're going to be scrapping and fighting for everything," Sanchez said. "It will be a good opportunity to see where we're at and if we can continue to do the right things to get better."
All but one of SIUE's first five games have been at home. The two-game weekend opens a three-game road stretch for the Cougars.
"We've had a good week of training," Sanchez said. "It's always a good test to go on the road."
Sophomore Lachlan McLean leads the Cougars in scoring with four goals, including the last three goals. He has both of SIUE's game-winning goals, which ranks ninth in the NCAA.
With two shutouts over the past week, senior goalkeeper Kyle Dal Santo has 22 for his career, which is the most all-time at SIUE.
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"You have to be able to do the right things and get results on the road," Sanchez said. "Again it's a good opportunity to get these games in. We're healthy and we're building momentum."