Renee Kertz made nine saves to record her fifth solo shutout of the season in Southeast's 1-0 win at Jacksonville State on Sunday.
10/28/2012 4:05:00 PM
Redhawks Blank Gamecocks, 1-0, in Regular Season Finale
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JACKSONVILLE, Ala. – Renee Kertz
made nine saves and Amy Harrington
scored her second goal of the season to lift the Southeast Missouri soccer team to a 1-0 win at Jacksonville State in its regular season finale on Sunday.
The Redhawks (6-9-4, 5-3-2 Ohio Valley) enter next week's OVC Tournament on a five-match unbeaten streak (4-0-1), outscoring their opponents 9-2 in that stretch. The loss eliminates the Gamecocks (10-8-2, 3-6-1 OVC) from postseason contention. Sunday's win is Southeast's win at Jacksonville State in program history. The Redhawks were 0-3-1 in their previous four road contests against the Gamecocks.
Southeast held a 7-4 advantage in shot attempts in the first half and took the only corner kick of the opening frame. Despite the slight edge in statistical play, the Redhawks and Gamecocks went scoreless late into the first 45 minutes of play. Harrington finally struck with 1:03 left in the half to make it 1-0, firing a ball from the left side into the far corner of the net. That strike gave the Redhawks a 1-0 lead going into the break.
“We made it a priority to put together a good performance as we get ready for the OVC Tournament,” Southeast head coach Heather Nelson
said. “As a team, we did a very good job moving the ball today. Amy made a great attacking run out of the back line and finished it strong.”
With its season on the line, JSU came out aggressive in the second half, attempted 10 shots, placing six of those on Kertz. Seven of those shots came in the last 21 minutes. The Gamecocks also attempted three second half corner kicks, but were unable to solve Kertz.
“We were under a lot more pressure in the second half,” Nelson said. “Renee was very solid in goal and our back four did a great job of covering for her. Paige Luehmann
cleared the best chance they head off the line with her head in the second half. Our two freshman outside backs, Amy and Paige, showed they were very complete players today.”
Each team attempted 14 shots while the Gamecocks held a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks. Kertz' nine saves secured her fifth solo shutout of the season. In her last 10 appearances (nine starts), Kertz has a 0.50 goals against average, three shutouts and a .924 save percentage. In conference play, she posted a 0.59 goals against average, three shutouts and a .917 save percentage.
Southeast will enter the OVC Tournament as the fourth seed and face Belmont in the first round of the tournament on Thursday.