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Three second half goals power Otahkians by Belmont on opening day of Southeast Tournament.

Erika Todd scored Southeast's first goal of the season in the 3-0 victory over Belmont on Friday night.

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Aug. 31, 2001


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Although it took 68 minutes for the Southeast Missouri State soccer squad to get on the board, once the Otahks scored once the floodgates opened and they defeated the Belmont Bruins 3-0 on Friday night in the second game of the Southeast Tournament.

Southeast (1-0) got their first goal of the game from sophomore Erika Todd at 68:37 in the game. Todd made a beautiful move in the box and her shot pushed right by Belmont (0-1) goalkeeper Mikeel Lucas.

Less than ten minutes later, Southeast senior Nichole Thiele scored her first goal of the season off an Erin Slattery assist. Then less than 30 seconds later, Slattery scored a goal on a breakaway to push the final score to 3-0. The two goals were the closest two goals scored in Otahkian history.

For the game, Southeast outshot the Bruins 16-3, with 10 of those shots coming in the second period. Senior goalkeeper Beth Guccione made two saves in recording her first shutout of the season.

Belmont goalie Lucas made seven saves.

Both teams will be back in action on Sunday on the final day of the Southeast Tournament. Southeast will battle Jacksonville State at 2:00 p.m. and Belmont will face Ball State at Noon.

Game One
Ball State 1, Jacksonville State 0

The first game of the 2001 Southeast Missouri State Tournament saw the Ball State Cardinals face off against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks.

Ball State struck first scoring at 17:43 in the first half by junior Eileen Weinheimer, with an assist by Ehrin Reagor.

At halftime, the score was 1-0. The second-half saw much of the same play as scoring chances were not made use of. Ball State out-shot Jacksonville 9-4 while Jacksonville's goalkeeper Adriana Finelli allowed one goal and had six saves. Ball State's goalkeeper Megan Swafford got the shutout with two saves.

Ball State will take on Belmont on Sunday at noon, while Jacksonville plays host Southeast at 2 p.m.


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