Otahkians win 2-0 in front of largest crowd ever to see an OVC regular season or tournament game.
Nov. 9, 2001
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - The Southeast Missouri State Soccer Otahkians bested Murray State 2-0 in the second Ohio Valley Tournament semifinal of Friday night in front of the largest crowd (825) ever to see a OVC regular season or tournament game.
Southeast got on the board early in the game when freshman Katie Huelsing scored her second career goal 5:32 into the game. Thirty minutes later freshman Marla Gianino scored her ninth goal of the year off a free kick to close the scoring.
That's all the help Southeast defense would need as they were anchored by OVC Player of the Year goalkeeper Beth Guccione and OVC Defender of the Year, Jenny Hamilton. Guccione recorded her 13th shutout of the season and is now guaranteed to finish second all-time in NCAA history for shutout percentage in a season. Guccione made four saves on the night.
Southeast has still not allowed a goal in six games versus OVC competition this season.
Southeast, the 2001 OVC Regular Season Champions, ran their home winning streak to 13 games with the victory. In that 13 game period the Otahks have outscored their opponents 39-0.
Southeast will now face the Eastern Illinois Panthers in Sunday's championship game with the winner advancing to the NCAA Tournament. Southeast defeated EIU 1-0 earlier this year in Charleston. It was the Otahkians first ever victory over EIU.
EASTERN ILLINOIS TOPS TENNESSEE TECH IN FIRST OVC SEMIFINAL
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - The Eastern Illinois Panther soccer team got off to a quick start in the Ohio Valley Conference semifinals and cruised to a 4-1 victory over Tennessee Tech on Friday night at Houck Stadium.
Eastern (13-5) got off six corner kicks in the first half, scoring on half on them. Freshman Rachel Dorfman scored 8:22 into the first half off a Devon Bissell assist. Bissell would assist on the next two EIU goals, all within the first 21 minutes of the game. Her assists came on goals by Cara LeMaster and Audra Frericks and the Panthers took a 3-0 lead to the halftime.
Tennessee Tech (12-7) came out strong in the second half when OVC Freshman of the Year Robyn Vince scored her 10th goal of the season five minutes into the second frame. Tech looked like they were back in the game shortly thereafter, but a second goal was disallowed because of a handball.
Dorfman added her second goal of the game, and third of the season, a mere three minutes later to put the game out of reach.
Eastern Illinois advances to the OVC Championship game against Southeast Missouri on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Tennessee Tech, the 2000 OVC Tournament Champions, closes its season with 12 victories.