SIUE Leaps to No. 9 in National Poll

September 9, 2003

         SIUE's women's soccer has no games scheduled this week, but that does not mean the team will not be working.
         "We are going to take this week to work on some things and keep our fitness routine going," Bowers said.
         The Cougars picked up wins last week against McKendree and Mercyhurst to stretch its record to 4-0. This is the fourth time in the history of the program that a team has started the season 4-0. The 2001 team had the program's best season start, going 6-0.
         SIUE's backfield has been one of the reasons the Cougars have a perfect record. "Our backfield is doing very well," Bowers said. "That was a goal of ours at the beginning of the year to get that group in order."
         SIUE is led in scoring by Sara Decker's (St. Louis) three goals. Christen Carducci (Powell, Ohio) and Ann Crawford (St. Louis) each have two goals and two assists.
         "Ann Crawford has played really well," Bowers said. "Her work rate is such a positive for the team. She makes things happen and is involved in every play."
         SIUE is next in action Tue., Sept. 16, when it travels to Lindenwood University.
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