Women's soccer earned an Ohio Valley Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Division I tournament, while the men's season ended a game short due to too many team injuries. Track and field athletes picked up more personal records; tennis ended their season with a win; both baseball and softball saw mixed results in their most recent series.
The women’s soccer team became OVC champions for the first time since 2016, earning a spot in the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Tournament. The team faced UT Martin in the first round, claiming a 2-0 victory that advanced them to the championship game. Competing against SEMO for the conference title, a successful penalty kick from junior defensive midfielder Kayla Klipsch three minutes into overtime allowed SIUE to pull out a 2-1 win.
The men’s soccer season was cut a game short due to an excessive number of injuries on the team. SIUE was scheduled to compete in its final regular-season game on Sunday against West Virginia. However, the game was canceled due to SIUE falling under the Mid-American Conference’s minimum participant threshold of 15 available student-athletes. The team ended the season with an overall record of 5-5 and a conference record of 2-5.
Track and Field
The men’s and women’s track and field teams both competed at the Gibson Invite, hosted by Indiana State University, on Friday and Saturday. At the meet, COVID senior distance runner Aly Goff broke SIUE’s all-time record for the 5,000-meter with a time of 17:05.22. Goff also set a personal record for the 1,500-meter for the fourth meet in a row. Junior sprinter Brandon Bretz took first in the 400-meter with a time of 47.83, which places him at No. 4 on SIUE’s all-time list.
The Cougars took a 5-2 loss against SEMO on Friday. Freshman Jordan Schifano and redshirt junior Callaghan Adams both picked up singles wins. On the doubles court, redshirt sophomore Vanessa Reinicke and redshirt freshman Caitlyn Sporing were the one team to claim victory. The team came back with a 6-1 win against UT Martin the next day to end their regular season. During this match, Adams earned her 50th career singles win. All three doubles teams also picked up wins.
SIUE Baseball took their on-the-road series against Western Michigan with two wins and a single loss. The team began the series strong on Friday, picking up a decisive 13-4 victory. Moving into Saturday’s doubleheader, SIUE claimed the opener with a 6-2 win. The Cougars were less successful during the second game of the day and fell to the Broncos 10-2. Redshirt senior infielder Raul Elguezabal was one of the team’s top hitters during the series, picking up a home run and a triple.
The softball team also competed on the road this weekend, facing Tennessee Tech. SIUE dropped the series, taking two losses and picking up one win. In the first game of the series, Tennessee Tech won 3-2 in nine innings. SIUE then battled back for a 10-8 victory during the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader. The series ended on Sunday with the Cougars taking a 3-1 loss. SIUE collected 19 hits on Saturday, compared to just 14 for Tennessee Tech.
For the most recent results and updated season schedules, visit the Cougar Athletics website.