Thursday, September 1, 2011

Lady Redhawks soccer team look to improve on so-so start

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KRCU) - The Southeast Missouri State University women’s soccer team has started their season 2-2, but they’re looking to improve as the season continues.

After a number two finish last season and a heartbreaking loss in the semi-finals of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, the women’s soccer team is hoping to continue their dominance on the soccer pitch this season.

They are ranked second in the OVC in preseason polls, but are on track to finish higher.

Coach Heather Nelson says the team has several returning players who will help lead the team.

"In midfield we have, I think, one of the best players in the OVC back, and that’s Vanessa Hart," Nelson says. "She’s a nice holding center midfielder, she can buy time for the forwards to make runs, but she can also play quickly and she’s also an attacking threat herself."

Nelson says returning players are a strong part of the team, and some new faces are making an impact.

"We’ve been able to create a lot of offense, probably the most that we’ve actually done in years with this program. That’s a credit to some of our newcomers that have definitely shown to be threats, Jessie Crabtree, transfer from the University of Missouri, and also Erin Shulman, a freshman of the Springfield, Illinois area," coach Nelson said.

The lady Redhawks will face off at Evansville on September 2.

Drew Yount, KRCU


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