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Soccer Claims Share of Its Own Labor Day Tournament With 4-0 Victory Over Jacksonville State

Ball State finishes as co-champion of first annual Southeast Tournament.

Sophomore Erika Todd finished this weekend's games with one goal and four assists for the Otahkian soccer team.

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Sept. 2, 2001


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - After awakening in the second half of Friday night's game, the Southeast Missouri State Otahkian soccer team continued its hot scoring pace, scoring four goals in a 4-0 shutout victory over the Jacksonville State Gamecocks Sunday at Houck Stadium.

Southeast (2-0) claimed the co-championship of its own tournament, sharing the title with Ball State who also went undefeated in the two-day tournament. The exact same scenario played out last season when SEMO and BSU shared the championship of the BSU Cardinal Classic in Muncie.

The Otahks got on the board first when junior defender Stephanie Bleau scored her first career goal, on a header off a corner kick to put Southeast up 1-0. Freshman Erin Slattery would strike eight minutes later, scoring her second goal of the young season. But Southeast was not done for the half, as another freshman, Lauren Zacheis, added her first collegiate goal to put Southeast up 3-0 at the break.

The Otahkians coasted from there, adding a later goal from senior Nichole Thiele late in the second period. Sophomore Erika Todd had an outstanding day, assisting on all four Otahkian goals. Senior goalkeeper Beth Guccione recorded her second shutout of the season, making one save.

Southeast outshot the Gamecocks (0-2) 16-3 for the game. JSU goalkeeper Courtney Goldenberg, who relieved starter Jennifer Atchley in the second half, made seven saves for the Gamecocks.

The Jacksonville State team featured junior Ashley Martin, who on Thursday night became the first female kicker to score points in a Division I football game when JSU defeated Cumberland. Martin kicked three PAT's. She failed to score in this weekend's soccer tournament.

Southeast will be back in action next Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. when Arkansas-Little Rock comes to Houck Stadium.

Game One
Ball State 1, Belmont 0

The third game of the 2001 Southeast Missouri State Tournament saw the Ball State Cardinals (2-0) face off against the Belmont University Bruins (0-2).

Belmont was coming off a defeat at the hands of host Southeast Missouri, and Ball State was looking to go to 2-0 in the tournament.

At halftime, the score was 0-0. Shots were 9-2 in favor of Ball State, and two of those were off the crossbar. Ball State had only nine shots the previous game as their offensive attack was much improved. They had 8 corner kicks to Belmont's one.

In the second-half, Ball State scored first on a shot by sophomore Michelle Deneen, assisted by junior Ehrin Reagor. Ball State's defense was the story today, limiting Belmont to four shots and no really strong scoring opportunities. Ball State finished with 14 shots as Belmont's goalkeeper, Mikell Lucus made some impressive saves to keep the game close.

Ball State finished with a share of the tournament title.


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