SE soccer strives to continue streaks

Thursday, September 20, 2001

After a 10-day layoff, Southeast Missouri State University's undefeated, unscored upon soccer team is ready to try and keep its streaks going.

The Otahkians, who had three games wiped out by last Tuesday's terrorist attacks on the East Coast, will play Arkansas State at 7 p.m. today at Houck Stadium. Southeast will also have a home match Sunday, against Creighton at 2 p.m.

"We're ready to go," said Southeast coach Heather Nelson. "After all the things that happened last week, it will be nice to play a game again."

Southeast last saw action Sept. 9 as it beat Central Arkansas 4-0. The Otahkians have a 4-0 record and have outscored the opposition 14-0 so far.

"We know our competition is going to start getting better, but we've played well so far and I'm pleased with where we're at," Nelson said.

The three games that Southeast did not get to play last week because of the national tragedy all figured to test the Otahkians. They were scheduled to play at Drury, at Indiana State and at Indiana. All are solid programs, particularly Indiana of the Big 10 Conference.

"We were really looking forward to the Indiana trip," said Nelson. "I don't know if we'll be able to reschedule that, but we want to play caliber teams like that."

Nelson said Southeast is in the process of negotiating a makeup for the Drury game, perhaps at a neutral site. She said the Otahkians are also trying to add a game or two in order to make up for the canceled contests in Indiana.

"We're talking to Southwest Missouri State," she said. "We want to play in-state schools like that."

Tonight's opponent, Arkansas State, doesn't figure to challenge the Otahkians' perfect record and maybe not even their shutout streak. Nelson said the Lady Indians recently lost 6-0 to Murray State, which like Southeast is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference.

But Nelson figures the Otahkians will get all they can handle Sunday when Creighton comes to town. The Blue Jays are off to a 3-1 start, with the lone loss being a 2-1 overtime setback against highly regarded Saint Louis. Southeast and Saint Louis battled to a draw in an exhibition game this year.

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