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Soccer Team Amongst Most Improved in the Country

Over the past two seasons, Southeast is the most improved team in the country.

Coach Heather Nelson's Otahkian soccer team has the best improvement percentage in the country over the past two seasons.

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Jan. 30, 2002

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - After posting a 16-2 record this season and leading the nation in goals allowed average and shutout percentage, the Southeast Missouri State Otahkian soccer team garnered more awards on Wednesday, being named to the most improved teams list for 2001.

Using the NCAA standard and formula for improvement, Southeast improved by five games in the 2001 season, good enough for a tie for 10th in the nation out of 278 total Division I teams. Campbell led the nation with a 7.5 game improvement.

Using a traditional formula that incorporates improvement percentage, Southeast finished the season as the 13th most improved team in the country, with a 127.1% improvement. Campbell once again led this category with a 142.0% improvement in 2001.

In the past two seasons, Southeast has improved by a total of 254.2%, which is the best improvement percentage in the country. In 2000, Southeast also improved by 127.1% from a 4-8 record to a 10-6-1 record which ranked 16th in the country.

"Overall it has been a fabulous year, probably the best of my career," said Head Coach Heather Nelson. "It is always great to earn these national honors and I think our team's expectations are even higher. We want to be recognized as one of the best teams in the country."


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