Southeast Missouri State University student publication

SEMO Soccer weathers the storm

Monday, September 20, 2021

On a rainy afternoon at Houck Stadium the SEMO Women’s soccer team defeated the Missouri State Bears 1-0.

This was the annual Meg Herndon Memorial Green Up Game to support organ and tissue donation. Herndon was a defender for the Redhawks before being tragically killed in a truck and scooter accident in 2012. Herndon was an organ donor who was able to help other people live through her donations.

Redhawks head coach Heather Nelson said the game is critically important to the culture of the program here at Southeast.

“We try to live based off the montra Meg lived by which was impossible is nothing,” Nelson said. “That’s a great way to try and live your life.”

SEMO had six shots attempted in the first half and three of those shots were on goal, two of them being saved by Missouri State sophomore goalkeeper Katherine Montgomery. The other shot on goal was the score that came off the head of Redhawks sophomore midfielder Emma Brune.

In the 35th minute, Southeast was awarded a corner kick that was taken by SEMO senior midfielder Kate Daus. Daus was able to get the ball to Brune who took the header right by Montgomery and in for the lone and game winning goal.

Brune said she thinks playing several big schools has helped the team find a rhythm offensively.

“I was thinking that I just needed to go win the ball in the air,” Brune said. “After it went in I just got really excited.”

After half time is when the weather really started to pick up before subsiding just before the end of the match. This caused the ball and players to slide all over the field which resulted in 13 fouls between both teams. Missouri State had three more fouls than Southeast, one of which resulted in a yellow card on Bears freshman midfielder Jenna Anderson.

Redhawks senior goalkeeper Bailey Redden saw more action in the second half than in the first, having to make five saves to keep Missouri State off the board. Redden said she was proud of how the defense in front of her played.

“I think we have been executing what we’ve been working on in practice,” Redden said. “I have no complaints and I think we played a really good defensive game.

This closed Southeast’s non conference schedule with a record of 3-5 before starting their Ohio Valley Conference schedule. The Redhawks take the field again on Sunday, Sept. 26th at 1 p.m. against the Belmont University Bruins at Houck Stadium.