Otahkians are off to perfect 8-0 start.
Sept. 30, 2001
TULSA, Okla. - Perfect. The Southeast Missouri State Soccer team once again allowed two goals, but their offense again put up a strong showing, as they defeated Oral Roberts 3-2 on Sunday to claim the championship of the Tulsa Adidas Classic.
The Otahkians (8-0) are off to the best start in school history and should start to receive votes in national polls this week.
Southeast got on the board first when freshman Marla Gianino scored her third goal of the season at the 9:19 mark of the first half. Oral Roberts would tie the game at one on a Megan Utz goal in teh 25th minute.
But Southeast would strike once more before halftime, as sophomore Erika Todd scored her second goal of the tournament to put the Otahks up 2-1 at the break.
ORU tied the game at the 65:07 mark on a Amber Morsey goal. But less than a minute later, Gianino scored her second goal of the game, to put Southeast up for good and kept their season record perfect.
Senior goalkeeper Beth Guccione once again allowed two goals, but made three saves in upping her record to a perfect 8-0 on the season.
The tournament title was the second of the season for the Otahkians, as they claimed the co-championship of their own tournament on Labor Day Weekend.
Southeast will be back in action on Friday when they travel to Charleston, Ill. to battle 2000 OVC Champion and 2001 preseason favorite Eastern Illinois at 4:00 p.m.