WATERLOO, Iowa - The Southeast Missouri State soccer team closed out the Panther Invitational this weekend with a win over the Missouri-Kansas City Kangaroos by a 3-1 margin in Waterloo, Iowa. The victory lifts SEMO to 4-2 overall, which is their best start of the year since the 2005 season. Meanwhile, UMKC falls to a 0-4 record.
The `Roos got on the board first today in the 34th minute of play. Randi Simmons took the corner kick and sent the ball into the box as Zaina Mayer put the header into the goal past Kristen Starkey. The Redhawks had plenty of chances in the first half with 12 shots, but only one on target as goalkeeper Jami Finnell snagged one save in the half. The `Roos had three shots in the half.
In the second half, Southeast didn't stay behind long. Within the first three minutes of the half, they scored two goals to take the lead. Ali Bauer scored the first one with a shot from the right side. Ashley Runion had the assist. The second goal came in the 48th minute as Bauer assisted Bobbi Jo Schlick for her second goal of the weekend. Then just five minutes later, Mabel Velarde notched her second goal of the year from Katie Snelson.
Southeast had 11 shots in the second half to bring their total to 23 for the match. They also had 10 scoring opportunities from corner kicks.
In the goal, Starkey recorded no saves in 90 minutes of playing time, while UMKC keeper Finnell grabbed two saves in the match.
Southeast will continue playing on the road this Friday against Northwestern State at 7 p.m. Then they will return home for one match against Western Kentucky on Sunday at 2 p.m.