Finally Final Four

November 17, 2001


         EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Cougars were able to hold their own in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Championships, defeating Ashland 1-0 at Ralph Korte Stadium.
         The Cougars, 17-2-3, are now in the final four and are waiting to find out whom their next competitors will be and where they will be playing on Nov. 30. Ashland completed its season 12-5-1.
         The Cougars put their goal on the board at 63:18. Justin McMillian (Granite City), SIUE's senior forward, scored his team-leading 16th goal of the season. Chris Knopp (St. Louis) assisted on the goal with a crisp pass to McMillian, who scored from 10 yards out.
         "There was not too much done on my part," said Knopp. "I just got the ball to his (McMillian's) foot."
         "It was just the perfect opportunity," said McMillian. "The ball was set up perfectly so I just tucked it away in the corner of the goal."
         SIUE Coach Ed Huneke gave a great deal of credit to the Cougars' defense.
         "We were under a lot of pressure," said Huneke.
         Goalkeeper Matt Evers (Edwardsville) was able to hold off the advances and collected three saves.
         "I relied on my defense a lot this game," said Evers. "There were times when there were bodies everywhere and they played tight defense in clutch situations."
         The victory was definitely a team effort according to Knopp. "It was a nice reward after all of the hard work we put in this year," said Knopp.
         All SIUE can do now is just sit and wait until Sunday evening when the Cougars find out who wins the Lander/Tampa game. All three of the other semifinals game are scheduled for Sunday. "It would be nice to play in Edwardsville in front of our friends and families," said McMillian. "But we'd be happy to get on a plane and fly somewhere too."
NCAA-II Tournament (in bracket order)
Cal State-Dominguez Hills (18-2-1) at West Texas A&M (15-3-1), Sun., Nov. 18, 1 p.m.
Dowling (14-0-3) at Southern Connecticut State (17-3-2), Sun., Nov. 18, 1 p.m.
Lander (16-3) at Tampa (16-0-2), Sun., Nov. 18, 1 p.m.
at SIU Edwardsville 1 Ashland 0

SIUE Men's Soccer in NCAA Tournament (23-13)
1969
Saint Louis 4 SIUE 0

1970
SIUE 6 Cleveland State 0
Saint Louis 2 SIUE 1

1971
SIUE 2 Akron 0
Saint Louis 3 SIUE 1

1972 (National Champions)
SIUE 3 Akron 2
SIUE 4 Baltimore 1
SIUE 1 Oneonta 0

1973
SIUE 3 Northern Illinois 0
Saint Louis 3 SIUE 0

1974
SIUE 2 Indiana 0
Saint Louis 2 SIUE 1 (3 OT)

1975 (Runner-Up)
SIUE 3 Cleveland State 2
SIUE 2 Saint Louis 1
SIUE 3 Howard 1
San Francisco 4 SIUE 0

1976
SIUE 1 Saint Louis 0
Indiana 1 SIUE 0

1977
SIUE 3 Indiana 2 (OT)
SIUE 3 Cleveland State 2 (OT)
San Francisco 2 SIUE 1 (OT)
SIUE 3 Brown 2

1978
SIUE 3 Saint Louis 2 (3 OT)
Indiana 2 SIUE 0

1979 (National Champions)
SIUE 2 Saint Louis 1
SIUE 2 Southern Methodist 1
SIUE 4 San Francisco 0
SIUE 2 Penn State 1
SIUE 3 Clemson 2

1980
Southern Methodist 2 SIUE 0

1981
Eastern Illinois 2 SIUE 1

1982
SIUE 1 North Texas State 0
SIUE 1 San Francisco 0
Indiana 1 SIUE 0

1997
Truman State 2 SIUE 1

2001
SIUE 2 Lewis 0
SIUE 1 Ashland 0

SIUE was "small college" for 1972 national championship and NCAA Division I for title in 1979. SIUE went back to NCAA Division II when joining the Great Lakes Valley Conference in 1995.

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