Otahkians use Erika Todd goal to defeat two-time defending league champions 1-0.
Oct. 5, 2001
CHARLESTON, Ill. - The fourth time was a charm. In the fourth ever meeting with conference nemesis Eastern Illinois, the Southeast Otahkian soccer team defeated the Panthers 1-0 on Friday afternoon.
The loss was the first regular season loss for Eastern Illinois (7-2, 0-1 OVC) in 13 conference games dating back to the 1998 season. The Panthers are the two-time defending OVC conference champions and have won 16-17 conference games all-time before today's loss. EIU had defeated Southeast (9-0 overall, 1-0 OVC) the three previous times the two teams had met, since Southeast joined the OVC in 1999.
Sophomore Erika Todd scored the game-winning goal at the 75:52 mark of the game on a wet and cold day in Charleston. Panther goalkeeper Lindsey Dechert got her hands on the ball, but could not make the save. The goal was her fifth of the season and all the Southeast defense would need to hold on.
Senior goalkeeper Beth Guccione recorded her seventh shutout of the season, and 10th of her career, by making a season-high 10 saves, with facing a season-high 13 shots. EIU outshot Southeast 13-9, the first time all season an opponent has outshot the Otahkians.
The Southeast defense was also able to hold EIU star forward Beth Liesen without a goal. Liesen entered the game ranked number one in the country in goals per game (1.50).
The victory was the sixth consecutive road victory for Southeast, dating back to last season.
Their nine-game winning streak is also the longest in school history, and the 9-0 start is also a school best.
Southeast is one of only three schools to have be undefeated and untied at this point in the season. The other two schools are #1 North Carolina and #2 UCLA.
Southeast will be back in action against Western Illinois at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday in Macomb. The Otahkians will be in search of their 10th victory of the season, which would tie the season record for victories set during the 2000 season.