Lacopo Assists Redhawks To 4-2 Win Over Eastern Illinois
Oct. 13, 2007
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Senior forward Alaina Lacopo (Troy, IL/Triad) became Southeast Missouri State's career assists leader after posting a pair of helpers and a goal in the Redhawks' 4-2 Ohio Valley Conference victory over visiting Eastern Illinois Friday night at Houck Stadium. Southeast improved its record to 8-2-1 (5-0) this season with its first win in the series since 2002, while the Panthers saw their record fall to 6-6-1 (3-2).
The Redhawks claimed an early 1-0 lead in the third minute as freshman forward Ashley Runion (St. Peters, MO/Ft. Zumwalt South) tallied her ninth goal of the season when she blasted a shot from eight yards out after a scramble in front of the goal. Assisting on the goal was senior midfielder Margie Schaeffler (St. Louis, MO/Incarnate Word).
EIU tied the score at 1-1 in the 18th minute on an unassisted goal from sophomore Alexis Miller, but sophomore forward Courtney Alexander (Liberty, MO/Liberty) scored five minutes later off a pass from Lacopo to give the home team a 2-1 lead that held through halftime. The assist was the 24th of Lacopo's career which slipped her past Maria Gianino for the school record.
"I am speechless about setting the record, but I feel very lucky to have a four-year career where I have played with teammates that will do anything to put the ball in the back of the net. It made my job of getting them the ball a lot easier," Lacopo stated at the end of the match.
Senior Michele Steinhaus brought the Panthers to even the score at 2-2 in the 53rd minute with a goal off an assist from Miller. Lacopo stuck again two minutes later with an unassisted goal of her own to give the Redhawks a 3-2 lead. Schaeffler later closed the scoring in the 59th minute with a goal with assists coming from Lacopo and senior defender Megan Matter (Florissant, MO/Hazelwood West).
"Every time you play an OVC match it's going to be a battle, especially against a good team like Eastern Illinois," Lacopo added. "We were ready for them tonight and we were playing for each other to get the win."
Southeast finished the match with a slim 15-13 advantage in shots and both teams each produced six corner kicks. Schaeffler led all players with a match-high five shot attempts, including three on goal, while senior goalkeeper Lindsay Pickering (St. Charles, MO/St. Charles West) tallied six saves to earn the win for the Redhawks. Senior Kelli Floyd led Eastern Illinois with four shots and sophomore Jenny Williams recorded four saves in goal.
The Redhawks play their final two OVC road matches next weekend, beginning Oct. 19 at Murray State with a start time of 3 p.m.