Southeast Missouri State soccer wins OVC opener; volleyball squad wins two matches in Memphis

The Southeast Missouri State soccer team belatedly opened Ohio Valley Conference play with a 2-1 victory over Belmont on Friday at Houck Field.

After nearly a two-hour weather delay, Jennifer Brien netted the Redhawks’ first conference goal just 5 minutes, 26 seconds into the game. Brien scored unassisted when she broke free from about 40 yards out.

Belmont (1-5-2, 0-1 OVC) pulled even less than two minutes later on a goal by Rachel Vernon.

Southeast (3-3, 1-0 OVC) took the lead for good when Jackson High School graduate Cassidi Tomsu scored in the 15th minute, concluding the flurry of early goals and the scoring for the night. Tomsu netted a pass from Esmie Gonzales for her second goal of the season.

Southeast outshot the Bruins 16-7, but six of Belmont’s shots were on goal, with Redhawks goalkeeper Bailey Redden making five saves. Southeast put nine shots on goal, with Bruins goalkeeper Lily Herman making seven saves.

Southeast returns to OVC action at 2 p.m. Sunday when Eastern Illinois visits Houck Stadium.


Southeast won its first two matches Friday in the Beale Street Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Redhawks (7-6) first defeated Toledo in four sets, winning 25-22, 17-25, 25-23, 25-20, before sweeping North Alabama 25-10, 25-12, 25-23.

Against Toledo (6-5), Mikayla Kuhlmann led Southeast with 18 kills, while Annie Wehrheim (12) and Laney Malloy (10) both reached double figures in kills. Southeast also had three players in double figures in digs, led by Tara Beilsmith with 17, followed by Ally Dion (14) and Malloy (11).

Claire Ochs had 48 assists in the match.

Against North Alabama (2-7), Wehrheim led the way with 10 kills, while Ochs had 11 digs and 26 assists.

Southeast concludes play at 1 p.m. Saturday against unbeaten host Memphis (11-0), which also defeated Toledo in four sets and swept North Alabama.

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