Oct 04, 2004
October 4, 2004|
SIUE's 2-0 win over 20th-ranked Wisconsin-Parkside on Friday gave men's soccer coach Ed Huneke the 200th victory of his career. In his 19th season with SIUE, Huneke has amassed a record of 201-142-23.
The Cougars were road warriors over the weekend picking up two shutout wins over the Rangers and Saint Joseph's on Sunday.
The Cougars, ranked 12th in the latest NSCAA national poll, have won eight games in a row outscoring their opponents 24-1 since a loss to Findlay on Sept. 5. SIUE is first in the Great Lakes Valley Conference with 6-0 mark and an 11-1 record overall.
In the triumph over the Rangers, the Cougars connected on two goals in the last 25 minutes of the contest to propel them to victory.
"Those types of games aren't going to be high scoring so you know that every goal is crucial," said Huneke. "Obviously in those games getting the first goal is important. It was a battle and fortunately we came out on the right side of it."
Forward Pete Cacciatore (St. Louis) recorded both of the Cougars' goals during the win over Wisconsin-Parkside tying him for the team lead at five.
On Sunday, SIUE outlasted Saint Joseph's 1-0 with the lone goal by junior Kevin Thibodeau (St. Charles) at the 87:11 mark. Forward Mike Banner (Upper Marlboro, Md.) assisted on the goal.
"We were pounding at the door, and we knew that it would come eventually," said Huneke. "It was a shot in a crowd off of a corner kick that found its way in the net. I was proud of the way our team continues to persist under tough circumstances."
The win continues the Cougars' 17-game winning streak in GLVC regular season play. Goalkeeper Nicholas Frasca (St. Charles) helped continue that streak as he notched his fourth shutout of the year in the win over Wisconsin-Parkside. Frasca has a 6-0 record on the season with a 0.33 goals against average.
Goalkeeper Greg Crook (Columbia) had the team's other shutout in the victory over Saint Joseph's. Crook made two saves to preserve the win.
SIUE will look to keep their 5-0 road record perfect when visiting Lewis this Sunday for a GLVC match at noon.