Soccer Looks for Revenge in Semi-Finals
Nov. 7, 2003
Southeast soccer will be looking for revenge tonight in Birmingham, Ala. As they pair-off with Samford University in the OVC Tournament Semi-Finals. Southeast fell in an extremely close match to Samford 1-0 at home on October 10. Samford snapped Southeast's 14-game winning streak in OVC competition which stretched back to 2000. Southeast was also the two-time defending conference champ until Samford claimed the title this season. The squad is pumped up and ready for revenge as they line up for the game tonight.
The game can be viewed via tape delay broadcast beginning at 9:30 p.m. tonight. The game will cost $8 to view, but it is free to listen to the radio broadcast. The game will also be archived after the game and can be viewed later for $4. The game can be watched by going to the Multimedia link at www.samfordsports.com.
Scouting Samford... The Bulldogs ended the regular season claiming the OVC championship with a 7-1-0 conference record. The squad received a bye to the OVC tournament semi-finals. The team currently has a two-game winning streak going but this will be the first time the team has played since topping Jacksonville State in a close 1-0 match-up. With their win or Jax State they claimed the championship and the right to host the OVC post-season soccer tournament.
The team matched up with Southeast early during the conference season for what was an extremely competitive and physical match as the teams combined for 25 fouls. Southeast held a 13-7 advantage in shots and a 4-0 advantage in corner kicks but couldn't find the net.
Currently the squad is being led by Marian Wagner who has seven goals and five assists on the season, combining for 19 total points. OVC freshman of the year, Kim Matthews is also heading the team with six goals and four assists on the season.
Scouting Southeast... The Otahkians have gained back their momentum with a current two-game winning streak. The squad had been struggling offensively to score, but seem to be back on track. They are coming off a 2-1 victory over Tennessee-Martin in the first round of the OVC tournament.
Junior midfielder Marla Gianino, who received first-team conference honors, is currently hot for the Otahkians. She has assisted two of the teams' last four goals off corner-kicks, leading the team with seven assists. Forward's Diana Poovey and Erin Slattery, along with midfielder Molli Beard are leading the scoring with four goals a piece. Each of the three scored a goal in the Otahkians last two games as Beard and Slattery record game-winners.
What else is happening in the OVC Tournament... Rounding out the other two spots in the final four are Jacksonville State and Eastern Illinois. The two pair-off at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon. The winner will face the winner of the Samford/Southeast game on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for the OVC tournament championship.