Southeast Soccer Suffers First Loss of Season to Evansville, 1-0

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - For the first time in three meetings between Southeast and Evansville, the two teams didn't end up in a 1-1 draw. Instead, the Purple Aces were the only ones to get on the board tonight as they took down the Redhawks 1-0. SEMO now drops to 1-1 on the year, while UE earns their first victory of the season to put them at 1-0.

In the first half, Southeast and Evansville were very evenly matched from the field as SEMO only outshot UE 7-4. Freshman Ali Bauer started the Redhawks off with two shots on goal within the first nine minutes of the game, although both were saved by goalkeeper Theresa Bagby. Bagby had a total of four saves in the match before subbing out at halftime.

Goalkeeper Chaviel Harrison started the second half for the Aces and ended up making a difference within just a few minutes. Eight minutes into the second half, Evansville broke the tie and got on the scoreboard. After Harrison punted the ball down the field, the ball took a high bounce and got past all of the SEMO defenders. Kristen Davis was there in the right position to outrun the defenders for the break away. After dribbling into the box, Davis shot the ball past goalkeeper Kaitlyn Smugala to give Evansville the 1-0 lead that proved to be the game-winner.

Just over a minute later, Smugala went down from an injury and left for the remainder of the game. Kristen Starkey subbed in to take her place. Shortly after that, play got a little physical down by Southeast's goal and Shona Goodwin was given a yellow card.

Going into the final stretch of the game, the Redhawks poured on the pressure with a flurry of offense that included 14 total shots in the second half. The closest the Redhawks came to evening the game came in the 82nd minute when Bauer took a shot from just outside the goalie box which hit the crossbar and bounced out. The offense was there, but as shot after shot fired at the goalie, Harrison snagged everything within reach and held on to the shutout to hand SEMO their first loss of the season.

Southeast will continue their home stand next weekend for another pair of games. On Friday, they will take on Alabama A&M at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Southeast will battle Northern Illinois at 2 p.m. Both games will be played at Houck Stadium.

By Brett Maikowski, Southeast Missouri State Sports Information