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SEMO Soccer has last home stand this weekend

 CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Southeast will compete in its last two home matches of the year this weekend against Jacksonville State and Tennessee Tech. The first match on Friday will take place at 7 p.m. against the Gamecocks and the final home match will be on Sunday against the Golden Eagles at 2 p.m. Seniors Stephanie Kulavic and Lauren Lacopo will be honored on Sunday for Senior Day.

Sunday's match will also be webcast live by KFVS12.com. Log on to www.kfvs12.com to watch live video coverage of the match.

Scouting the Redhawks

Southeast (5-5-2, 0-1-2) is still looking for their first Ohio Valley Conference victory of the season after losing their first conference match of the year on Sunday against UT Martin, 2-1. Junior Ashley Runion scored the lone goal in the first half to capture her third goal of the year. She also has three assists on the year, giving her a team high total of nine points. In goal, despite giving up two goals, Kristen Starkey snagged a career high seven saves in the match.

Offensively in OVC competition, the Redhawks lead the conference in shots per match with 20. In three conference matches, they have only been able to come up with three goals though, which has kept Southeast from getting their first OVC win of the year.

Southeast still remains at the bottom of the OVC stats charts in saves this year as the defense continues to protect their side of the field to prevent opponents' shots on goal. Last Sunday's match against UT Martin was only the third time all season that the Redhawks were outshot in a match.

Scouting the Gamecocks

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks (6-8-0, 0-4-0) are still in search of their first conference victory as well. Currently they hold the bottom spot in the OVC, trailing Southeast Missouri State and Austin Peay by two points.

Most recently, the Gamecocks dropped a 1-0 contest to Eastern Kentucky in Richmond, Ky. on October 4. Goalie Ali Koenig gave up the game winning goal in the 26th minute of play, while recording six saves in the match.

Senior forward Amber DeLaney leads the Gamecocks offensively so far this season with six goals and an assist to give her a team high 13 points on the year, although having only scored one goal in her last seven matches. She has also notched four game winners this season.

In overall competition, Jacksonville State leads the OVC in shots (203), points (97), goals (34), and assists (29). This success hasn't transferred into conference play though, as they rank near the bottom in each of those statistical categories against conference opponents.

Southeast currently enjoys a 4-2-2 advantage over Jacksonville State in the overall series history. JSU snagged one of their victories over SEMO last year in a 2-1 match in Jacksonville, Ala. back on October 3. The Gamecocks have never won at Houck Stadium though, as the Redhawks are 4-0-1 at home against them.

Scouting the Golden Eagles

The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (4-9-2, 3-1-1) are in first place in the conference with a total of 10 points. Before arriving at Houck Stadium on Sunday, TTU will take on Eastern Illinois on Friday at 3:30 p.m. in Charleston, Ill.

The Golden Eagles are coming off a 2-0 shutout victory over Austin Peay last Sunday at home. Kerri Reid and Andrea Meloff scored their first and fifth goals of the season in the match, respectively. Meloff's five goals this season are a team high, followed by Jen Hoffman, who has four goals and an assist.

Tennessee Tech has also been a strong force on defense as they have prevented three of their five conference opponents from scoring the entire match. Murray State was the exception though, as they scored three goals in TTU's only OVC loss of the year.

Southeast also holds the edge in the series history with Tennessee Tech as well by a 7-3-1 margin. The Redhawks been perfect at home though as they post a 5-0 record at Houck Stadium against the Golden Eagles.

By Brett Maikowski, Southeast Missouri State Sports Information

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