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Soccer Improves to 4-0 with Shutout Victory Over Central Arkansas

Otahkians off to best start in school history and still haven't allowed a goal this season.

Senior goalkeeper Beth Guccione recorded her fourth shutout of the season on Sunday.

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Sept. 9, 2001


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - The first four games of the season have painted a similar picture for Southeast Missouri each time out. The Otahkians come out of the gate slow but turn it on in the second half for a big victory.

Southeast used tremendous team defense and three second half goals to defeat Central Arkansas (0-4) on Sunday at Houck Stadium. Sophomore Valerie Henderson scored her first goal of the season at the 41:40 mark in the first half. Her attempt was partially blocked by a UCA defender but still found the back of the net for the 1-0 Southeast advantage.

That was the score at halftime but as usual, the Otahkians wasted no time scoring in the second frame. Freshman Marla Gianino scored her first collegiate goal 2:11 into the second period to extend the Southeast lead. Two and a half minutes later, senior Nichole Thiele found the back on the net for her fourth goal of the season. Thiele has now scored a goal in six consecutive games, one shy of her school record of seven consecutive games. Gianino would add her second goal of the game later in the second period to push the final score to 4-0 in favor of Southeast.

Senior goalkeeper Beth Guccione recorded her fourth shutout of the season in as many chances. Guccione made two saves, with the most important one being on a penalty kick late in the second period. Southeast has outscored its opponents 14-0 in four games this season.

For the game, Southeast outshot UCA 19-2. UCA goalkeeper Whitney Johnson made seven saves for the Bears.

Southeast also extended its home winning streak to a school record seven victories, dating back to last season. All seven wins have been by shutout.

The Otahkians will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Springfield to battle in-state rival Drury. Drury scored two late goals last season to beat Southeast 2-1.


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