Soccer Ties Tennessee Tech in Conference Opener
Sept. 25, 2004
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -
The Southeast Missouri State women's soccer team took advantage of a Tennessee Tech mental lapse to score the game-tying goal in the 89th minute to force overtime at the Tech Soccer Field Friday afternoon. In two overtimes neither team could generate any offense and left the field recipitants of a 2-2 tie in the conference opener for both teams.
Senior Diana Poovey took advantage of a critical error by Tech's goalkeeper Loretta McNamee to score her third goal of the season. McNamee gambled by leaving the box to stop an attacking Poovey who banked a shot off the post into an empty goal at 89:25 to force the overtimes. Molli Beard was credited for her first assist of the season on Poovey's goal.
In the first OT each team could only manage one shot apiece, each a shot on goal that each goalie smothered to force a second OT. The second OT saw Southeast outshoot Tech, 3-2, but all for naught as neither team recorded a goal and settled for the tie.
Southeast (5-2-1, 0-0-1 OVC) outshot Tennessee Tech (4-2-2, 0-0-1 OVC) 20-19 in the game, however Tech held the advantage on shots on goal, 10-6.
Southeast jumped out to a 1-0 first period lead on a Heather Reding goal in the 21st minute. Reding's second goal of the season was assisted by Alaina Lacopo and Megan Hejlek. For Lacopo it was her team-leading sixth assist of the season and third straight game with an assist. Hejlek picked up her first assist of the season.
Goalkeeper Amanda Wrzos and the Southeast defense played stellar in the first half. Wrzos recorded one save in the stanza and help shutdown the Tech offense.
Meanwhile the Southeast offense used five corner kicks to set up many scoring opportunities, but could not capitalize on their 11-5 shot advantage.
The second-half started all in Tech's favor as Jill Burns recorded two goals within a four minute span to give Tech a 2-1 lead after Burns second goal at 58:45. For Burns it was her fifth and sixth goal of the season.
Wrzos faced 11 shots in the second-half recording four saves as Tech dictated the pace of the game in the second period until the Poovey goal.
Next for Southeast is another conference road game, this time against Austin Peay on Sunday, September 26. The start time is 2:00 P.M.