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Kangaroos Stun Redhawks, 2-1, With Second-Half Rally
Natasha Minor scans the field in an exhibition against Saint Louis on Aug. 13. Minor tallied her first-career goal in Sunday's contest against UMKC

Kangaroos Stun Redhawks, 2-1, With Second-Half Rally

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Natasha Minor's goal 8:01 into the contest gave the Southeast Missouri soccer team a much stronger start than on opening night, but Missouri-Kansas City staged a second-half comeback to down the Redhawks 2-1 on Sunday.

"We got off to a nice start," Southeast head coach Heather Nelson said. "Unfortunately we kind of settled in our performance and lost a little momentum. We had a couple one-on-ones with the goalkeeper that we didn't convert on. They created a good goal to go ahead. We are a little inexperienced and a little beat up in our back four, but we are getting better back there."

Minor corralled a rebound in the ninth minute and drove the ball into the goal for her first-career tally, giving Southeast (0-2) a 1-0 lead. Fellow freshman Christina Rohde picked up the assist on the goal. The Redhawks took that lead into the locker room at halftime, despite the Kangaroos (2-0) holding a 10-4 advantage in shots.

UMKC came out firing in the second half as well, attempting five shots in the first 13:06 of the frame. Ashton Aubuchon stood tall, however, turning aside four of those shots with the other missing the net.

The Kangaroos evened the scored at 1-1 in the 63rd minute when Ashley Gann pounded on a loose ball in the box and scored her first of the year. Gann then set up Taylor Bare 8:16 later, springing her loose on a through ball feed in the 72nd minute that put UMKC ahead 2-1. The Kangaroos' defense held tight in the final 18:47, allowing only one shot attempt to hold on for the win.

UMKC outshot Southeast 17-6 and held an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks. Aubuchon made her second-straight start in goal for the Redhawks and stopped nine of the 11 shots that came her way. Nina Tzianos started for the Kangaroos and turned away four of five shots.

The Redhawks are back on the field on Friday when they travel to in-state foe Missouri. Opening kickoff is at 6:30 p.m.

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