CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.
— Two rock solid defenses made offense hard to come by in Friday's scoreless tie between Southeast Missouri and SIUE.
The Redhawks (5-3-2 overall) and Cougars (3-4-3 overall) begin Ohio Valley Conference play 0-0-1.
"I am very happy with how our entire defensive unit worked together tonight. That was a big step forward on something that we've been working towards lately," said head coach Heather Nelson
. "We played great up and down the field and did great in the middle third as well. Now we have to work on getting a rhythm and creating more attacking plays and getting more players involved in the attack."
The Redhawks had seven players play all 110 minutes in the double overtime affair.
"We need to take a little more care of the ball. We had full control of the ball at times and forced things to happen when we needed to. We were a little fatigued though as we didn't go very deep in our lineup."
Southeast and SIUE each had three shots in the first half; the Redhawks put one on goal which came in the 14th minute by Natasha Minor
. Abby Klintworth
nearly put the Redhawks on the board in the 58th minute. Paige Blankenheim
crossed the ball right in front of the goal off a corner kick. Klintworth headed the ball for a shot but it hit off the crossbar.
Minor appeared to have a goal in the 96th minute but the goal was wiped away after being called offsides.
The Redhawks had five shots at the end of regulation while SIUE had nine.
Klintworth put another header shot on goal in the 95th minute but was saved by SIUE's Jennifer Pelley.
The Redhawks and Cougars played the remainder of the game to a draw in the first league match of the season.
Southeast finished with six shots in the match while SIUE had 10. The Redhawks put two shots on goal and the Cougars put three on goal. Southeast had three corner kick opportunities while SIUE only had one in the match.
Southeast had nine fouls called and were called offsides five times.
Klintworth led the Redhawks with three shots, one on goal.
Cassidy Sherman had three shots for the Cougars. Kindra Lierz
(4-3-2) played the complete 110 minutes in goal for Southeast. Lierz recorded three saves.
Pelley (3-4-2) also played the entire 110 minutes in goal, recording two saves.
Nelson commented on Friday evening's crowd, "The crowd was wonderful tonight and the atmosphere is exactly how I want it. I love it when the community and students come out and support us. We play better when they're here. They are like our 12th man behind us."
The Redhawks return to action Sunday when they host Eastern Illinois at 1 p.m.