Soccer Drops OVC Finale against Eastern Illinois, 2-1 in OT
Oct. 22, 2004
By: Patrick Clark -
CHARLESTON, Ill. - (Friday, October 22, 2004) The Southeast Missouri State soccer team closed out their conference season in disappointing fashion, losing to second-place Eastern Illinois 2-1 in overtime. The match-up between the to conference rivals at times seemed like a one-sided affair with the advantage going to the Panthers, but Southeast played them tough defensively before falling in overtime.
The way the game started gave no indications of an offensive struggle that the game eventually became as both teams scored in the first two minutes of the game.
Eastern Illinois (10-4-2, 5-1-1) jumped out on top first with Audra Frericks scoring on a header near the left post off a Rachel Dorfman corner kick at the 2:08 mark. The goal was Frericks' fourth of the season.
Southeast (8-5-2, 3-3-2) wasted no time responding when Megan Matter found a charging Molli Beard who scored on the breakaway at 2:28. The goal is Beard's fourth of the season, which ties her for the team lead. Matter was credited for her second assist of the season.
The rest of regulation went scoreless, but the Panthers made it interesting. In regulation Eastern out shot Southeast 20-9 and held Southeast without a single shot on goal while they attempted nine.
In the overtime period the Panthers did not let up taking six shots and holding Southeast shot-less. Southeast held their ground and the game looked to be heading into a second overtime. But Abby Bohnenstiehl found a wide open Michelle Steinhaus as she got ahead of the defense and beat Southeast goalie Amanda Wrzos with a shot into the right corner for the game-winner at 99:54. The goal was Steinhaus's seventh of the season and her third straight game-winning goal in a row, a Panther record. The win also kept the Panthers unbeaten streak at home against OVC opponents alive at 12 games.
Wrzos again had another stellar game in net despite coming out on the losing end. She faced 26 Panther shots and turned away nine shots on goal.
Southeast returns home Sunday to face Big 12 foe Texas Tech at 11:00 a.m. at Houck Stadium.