CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.
– Southeast Missouri's women's soccer program added forward Emily Holten to its 2018 roster Friday.
A native of Collinsville, Illinois, Holten will enroll at Southeast in January.
"We couldn't be more excited about the signing of Emily and look forward to the impact she will make on the future of our program," said head coach Heather Nelson. "Emily has a strong skill set and tactical mind, and an excellent attacking presence. She is a quick, crafty and versatile player who will complement our attacking unit."
Holten joins the Redhawks from Southeastern Conference member Ole Miss. She appeared in three games, all 8-0 victories, for the Rebels as a freshman in 2017. Holten scored one goal and posted a .500 shooting percentage with two total shots. She logged 38 total minutes. Holten scored her first goal in her college debut, a win over Alabama State on Aug. 18.
"Emily is the kind of player that can take over games," said Nelson. "She has an incredible work ethic and versatility that allows her to be a threat close to goal or attack out of the midfield. Emily is deceptive and hard to keep track of. She has proven herself as a goal scorer who can both create and finish goal scoring opportunities for her team."
As a prep, Holten was a two-time all-state performer at Collinsville High School. She scored 21 goals and 11 assists en route to Illinois All-State accolades as a senior. Also an all-midwest and St. Louis First-Team honoree, Holten helped lead the Kahoks to a 22-2-2 record as a junior, finishing second in the state among large schools. She was named Belleville News-Democrat Player of the Year and all-conference, as well as Academic All-Southwest Conference. Holten scored 24 goals, had 16 assists and claimed St. Louis Belleville News-Democrat Metro East Player of the Year honors that season.
Prior to that, Holten scored 14 goals and notched 13 assists as a sophomore and 12 goals and eight assists as a freshman, earning all-conference accolades each of those seasons as well.
"Emily had an outstanding Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) career and enjoyed unprecedented success with both her St. Louis Scott Gallagher club team and Collinsville High School," commented Nelson. "In her senior year, she was the #4 ranked player in her state and is, without a doubt, one of the best attacking minded players to come out of Illinois in recent years. Emily will be re-uniting with former SLSG teammate Lexi Grote. Another standout state of Illinois talent, Lexi was named to the Ohio Valley Conference All-Newcomer Team following an outstanding freshman campaign at Southeast in 2017."