SEMO ROUNDUP: Southeast women's soccer falls to Memphis in preseason action

Monday, August 6, 2018
Southeast Missouri State goalkeepers Kindra Lierz (1) and Maddie Gleeson (00) jump in the air during pregame introductions of a semifinal of the Ohio Valley Conference Women's Soccer Tournament against Murray State on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at Cutchin Field in Murray, Kentucky. The Redhawks lost 1-0.
JOSH MLOT ~ jmlot@semissourian.com

A two-minute stretch cost the Southeast Missouri State women's soccer team in its preseason opener Monday.

SEMO gave up two goals in two minutes during the first period and fell 2-0 to Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee.

The Redhawks' sole exhibition game was split into three 30-minute periods, instead of the traditional 45-minute halves.

"It was a really good, quick game," Southeast coach Heather Nelson said in a news release. "Overall it was a great preparation for non-conference play. Both programs got to look at a variety of lineups."

Memphis opened the scoring in the 19th minute and scored its second goal a minute later.

Despite out-shooting the Tigers 7-4 in the first period, SEMO found itself down 2-0 at the break. It remained that way for the rest of the match.

Mississippi transfer Emily Holten showcased her potential as an attacker, getting off multiple shots in the first period.

Goalkeeper Maddie Gleeson, who played in five games last year and is replacing four-year starter Kindra Lierz, played the entire 90 minutes.

Southeast opens the regular season at 6:30 p.m. August 16 with a home game against Evansville.

Medal of honor

Southeast had 18 athletes receive the Ohio Valley Conference Academic Medal of Honor for the past school year, the conference announced Monday.

SEMO's 18 honorees were part of a group of 238 OVC student-athletes that received the award. Eastern Illinois had the most selections with 30. Women's track and field was the OVC sport with the most honorees, 40.

Of SEMO's 18 award-winners, four were from women's cross country and track and field. Three were from women's soccer, softball and women's tennis. The remaining five honorees were split between baseball (two), men's track and field (two) and volleyball (one).

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