Oct. 25, 2007
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -
Southeast Missouri State soccer closes the 2007 regular season at Houck Stadium this weekend with a pair of Ohio Valley Conference matches as teams are still battling for spots in next month's OVC Tournament. The Redhawks kick off the weekend Friday night against Jacksonville State with a start time of 7 p.m. Prior to the match, Southeast will honor its seven senior players in a Senior Night ceremony. Two days later, the Redhawks will battle Samford with kickoff set for 2 p.m.
Scouting The Redhawks:
Southeast heads into the OVC's final weekend sporting a 9-2-2 season record and has produced a 6-0-1 conference ledger. The Redhawks finished 1-0-1 last weekend with a 3-2 win at Murray State and a 0-0 double overtime tie at Tennessee-Martin. Freshman forward Ashley Runion (nine goals, four assists) and sophomore forward Courtney Alexander (eight goals, six assists) are currently tied for the team's scoring lead with 22 points apiece, while senior forward Alaina Lacopo is tied with Alexander with a team-best six assists. Senior goalkeeper Lindsay Pickering has amassed a team-leading 64 saves and five shutouts with a 0.76 goals against average for the Redhawks.
Scouting The Gamecocks:
Jacksonville State enters Friday's match with Southeast toting a 4-10-1 record with a 2-4-1 mark in conference play. Last weekend, the Gamecocks split their final two home matches of the year after defeating Austin Peay by a 3-1 margin, but suffered a 2-0 loss to Tennessee Tech. Leading JSU offensively is freshman Paige Rovillio, who has recorded three goals and three assists this season. Fellow freshman Kim Kimmel is currently second on the team with three goals and two assists for eight points. JSU is coached by Julie Davis, who has tallied a 12-19-3 mark in her second year at the helm.
The Redhawks have produced a 3-1-2 lead in the all-time series with Jacksonville State and have won two of the last four meetings since 2004. The Gamecocks captured their first win in the series last year in Jacksonville, Ala., with a 2-0 win, but Southeast was victorious the last two times both teams have met in Cape Girardeau that includes a 1-0 victory in the 2005 OVC Tournament.
Scouting The Bulldogs:
Samford brings a 12-3 overall record and a 7-0 conference ledger into the weekend in addition to being ranked 14th in Southeast Region this week by Soccer Buzz Magazine. The Bulldogs, who open the weekend at Eastern Illinois on Friday afternoon, have posted a school-record eight-match winning streak after knocking off Tennessee Tech (5-0) and Austin Peay (2-1) last weekend to close their 2007 home slate. Freshman forward Lauren Cook leads Samford with nine goals and 21 points, while sophomore forward Amber Cress has recorded a team-best six assists. Junior Cayley Winters is the team's leader with 59 saves and a 0.84 goals against average in over 1280 minutes in goal. The Bulldogs are guided by sixth-year head coach Todd Yelton as he has produced a 73-29-14 record at the Birmingham, Ala., school.
Samford currently holds a 4-1-1 lifetime advantage over Southeast since joining the OVC in 2002-03, but the Redhawks have posted a 1-0-1 record in the last two contests. Last season, both teams battled through a scoreless tie in their regular season meeting before the Redhawks captured a 3-2 win in double overtime at the 2006 OVC Tournament in Birmingham.
Last Go Round For Seniors:
This weekend's matches will be the final regular season home contests for seniors Molli Beard, Lauren Costello, Alaina Lacopo, Megan Matter, Lindsay Pickering, Margie Schaeffler and Blair Schuppan. The seniors will be honored in a pre-match Senior Night ceremony on Friday before the Jacksonville State contest. This class has recorded a 43-22-7 record that includes the program's first OVC Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance.
Pickering Closes In On Southeast's Goalkeeping Records:
Senior Lindsay Pickering is close to capturing several Southeast's career goalkeeping records entering this weekend's matches. The native of St. Charles, Mo., currently ranks second behind former player Amanda Wrzos in saves (210), minutes played (4734:51) and wins (31).
Southeast is back in action on Nov. 9-11 for the OVC Tournament in which the site will be determined after this weekend. The Redhawks' seeding and opponent will be determined as well.