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Southeast Soccer Claims Co-Championship of Cardinal Classic

With victories over Western Illinois (4-1) and Youngstown (9-0), Southeast claimed the co-championship of the Ball State University Cardinal Classic.

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MUNCIE, IND. - (September 3, 2000) - The Otahkians of Southeast Missouri State captured two victories and a share of a the championship at the Ball State University Cardinal Classic this weekend by defeating Western Illinois 4-1 on Friday and destroying Youngstown 9-0 on Sunday.

Friday's game saw Southeast strike quickly when forward Valerie Henderson (Fr., Florrisant, Mo.) scored a mere 12:41 into the first period off an assist by Nichole Thiele (Sr., Cape Girardeau, Mo.). Southeast struck again quickly in the second half as Thiele found the net to make the score 2-0 in favor of Southeast. Later in the half, Erika Todd (Fr., Granite City, Ill.) and Henderson would add goals to push Southeast's final total to 4.

Sunday's game saw the Otahkians continuing to break out of their scoring slump by posting nine goals on Youngstown State. The scoring was fast and furious as Southeast was led by forwards, Todd and Thiele. Todd posted a hat trick of goals and also an assist and Thiele added two scores and an assist. Henderson added a goal, as did Carolyn Behnen (Fr., St. Louis, Mo.), and Youngstown accidentally scored an own-goal to complete the scoring at 9-0. Southeast goalie Tami Hebert (Sr., O'Fallon, Mo.) was not tested much in the game, as Youngstown only recorded 3 shots.

Overall for the tournament, Southeast was led by the trio of Henderson, Todd and Thiele. Henderson and Thiele each recorded 3 goals and 2 assists apiece and Todd chipped in with 4 goals and 2 assists. The classic also featured Southeast breaking out of a terrible scoring slump from a weekend ago, as they went almost 119 minutes against Northern Iowa without a goal.

Southeast will next play Drury College on Friday, September 8th at 7 p.m. in Houck Stadium.


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