Freshman Heather Reding scores gamewinning goal 3:04 into extra period.
Oct. 26, 2001
MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. - The Southeast Missouri soccer team needed overtime for the first time this season, but even with the extra period the Otahkians were able to outlast Creighton for the second time this season in a 2-1 victory on Friday night.
Southeast (14-1 overall) got on the board first when sophomore defender Valerie Henderson recorded her second goal of the season off a corner kick from freshman midfielder Marla Gianino. The goal at the 37:07 mark was the only scoring for the majority of the game. Southeast's tough defense was able to limit Creighton (10-6) to only two shots in the first period and three in the second frame.
With less than five minutes remaining it looked like Southeast was going to go home with another shutout victory but Creighton's Regina Moench broke out of the pack and found the back to the net to even the score with only 2:09 remaining in regulation. The goal was only the seventh Southeast has surrendered all season long. The goal occurred after two Southeast defenders had been hurt. Goalkeeper Beth Guccione was spiked on a shot attempt but remained in the game and Henderson was also injured on a play and had to leave the game briefly, and the goal occurred while she was on the bench.
But in the overtime period, Southeast's first of the season, the Otahkians didn't let the late goal or the blistering cold weather stop them. A mere 3:04 into the overtime period, freshman Heather Reding recorded her first collegiate goal off a Southeast corner kick opportunity. The goal was assisted by Gianino and Katie Huelsing.
With two assists on the night, and four in the week, Gianino set the SEMO single season assist record set last season by Erika Todd (7). Gianino currently has nine assists on the season.
Southeast was without its senior co-captain and one of its most lethal scorers in Nichole Thiele who set out the game with an ankle injury.
The game was a very physical affair as Creighton recorded 17 fouls and Southeast 14. Creighton's Franny Hylok received a yellow card for a rough play early on and the Creighton bench received one after another rough play went against Creighton.
Southeast had previously defeated Creighton 1-0 on September 23 at Houck Stadium.