CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.
– Southeast Missouri's women's soccer team added six players to its 2018 roster Tuesday.
Kate Daus, Taylor Mathenia, Morgan McCourt, Bailey Redden, Abby Tremain and Lauren Welker will join the Redhawks next fall.
"What best represents and connects our 2018 Signing Class is a shared positive energy and enthusiasm for life, family and soccer," said head coach Heather Nelson
. "We couldn't be more excited about the unique way in which we foresee each signee contributing to our team, SEMO Athletics and the Southeast community. Their outstanding character, personal experiences and leadership qualities will be a positive influence in countless ways and a reflection of the core values and tradition that our players and alumni have instilled. We celebrate this class and welcome them to the SEMO Soccer Family!"
Kate Daus, Midfielder, Lindbergh, Mo./Lindbergh H.S.
SLSG-MO Elite ECNL and SLSG-MO Premier
Scott McDoniel, Ralph Richards, Sterling Wescott
Started four years at Lindbergh High School in St. Louis…Three-time all-conference selection…Scored 17 goals in her career to date…Has been playing for Saint Louis Scott Gallagher in the Elite Clubs National League with fellow SEMO signee Lauren Welker…The club experience has exposed both Daus and Welker to the highest non-collegiate level of soccer for amateur players in the country…The team is recognized as one of the top performing SLSG MO teams in club history…With a 13-0-3 Champions League record and No. 7 ranking by TopDrawerSoccer.com, Daus and Welker have thrived in SLSG's forward focused attacking style of play.
Nelson on Daus: "Kate is a hard-nosed midfielder who has the natural ability to take space forward, finish and create goal scoring opportunities. She has great range with her passing, a presence in the air and plays big for her size. She also has a good change of pace and an excellent work ethic. Kate will be a welcome addition to our core of hardworking and talented central midfielders."
Taylor Mathenia, Forward, Millstadt, Ill./Belleville West H.S.
Lindsay Kennedy-Eversmeyer, Jason Mathenia
Four-year starter and All-Sectional pick at Belleville West High School…Tallied 17 goals and six assists as a junior last season…Garnered First-Team All-Southwest Conference and Belleville News-Democrat All-Area honors her last two seasons…Finished with 14 goals and two assists as a sophomore…Belleville West High School and club teammates with Bailey Redden...Played together on the Fire and Ice club team under Coach Lindsay Kennedy-Eversmeyer...Other SEMO soccer players, including Lexi Grote
, Emily Holten, Lauren Kaempfe
and Kindra Lierz
have benefited from Eversmeyer's coaching…Kaempfe and Lierz won WPSL National Championships...Eversmeyer was the first female to play in the Major Indoor Soccer League and fourth to play for a men's professional indoor soccer team.
Nelson on Mathenia: "Taylor is a feisty forward who loves to take on defenders and get to the goal. She is also a technical and smooth playmaker with good vision. She battles hard on both sides of the ball and shows determination and fortitude. Overall, she is a handful to defend and has a great sense of the game. Her attacking success last season was a real credit to her preparation and mindset given she received a significant amount of defensive attention. Taylor's versatility, strength and calmness on the ball along with her ability to work in tight spaces will allow her to compete for a number of attacking positions in SEMO's lineup."
Morgan McCourt, Forward/Defender, Burlington, Wis./Burlington H.S.
Scored a combined 58 goals and has 29 assists in her first three prep seasons at Burlington High School…Claimed Southern Lakes Conference Player of the Year, First-Team All-Conference and First-Team All-State accolades as a junior…Started all 51 games of her career and holds the school record for most goals in a game with six…Helped lead Burlington to its first-ever Sectional Final (2017) and first-ever Regional Championship (2016) in school history…Enjoyed success with SC Waukesha Blue, one of Wisconsin's top USYS performing teams…Waukesha Blue is a perennial powerhouse winning the Wisconsin State Championship in 2016, 2017 and 2018…Currently, Waukesha is ranked No. 1 in Wisconsin for Gold Level teams…Waukesha Coach Pat White was a two-time collegiate All-American who went on to capture four championship titles with the Milwaukee Wave during a 10-year professional career.
Nelson on McCourt: "Morgan is a smooth player with an excellent first touch, a great sense of her surroundings and a high-end technical ability. Her vision, ability to play quickly and calmness under pressure will allow her to compete for a number of positions on the field. Given Morgan's versatility, it will be exciting to watch her journey unfold. She is extremely athletic and is a great student of the game."
Bailey Redden, Goalkeeper, Belleville, Ill./Belleville West H.S.
Lindsay Kennedy-Eversmeyer, Jason Mathenia
Four-year starting goalkeeper who logged 25 shutouts, 238 saves and a .90 goals against average in her career… Recorded 10 of her shutouts to go along with 75 saves during her junior year…Was named Illinois High School Athletic Association All-State, First-Team All-Conference and First-Team All-Area that season…Belleville West High School and club teammates with Taylor Mathenia...Played for Lindsay Kennedy-Eversmeyer on the Gateway Rush club team...Kennedy-Eversmeyer is also the head coach and owner of the current WPSL National Championship team, Fire and Ice.
Nelson on Redden: "Bailey has an outstanding spirit to perform at a higher level. She is confident playing off her line and comfortable with the ball at her feet. Those abilities make her a great fit for our style of play. Bailey has a great presence and focus in goal. Although she has been blessed with good hands, height and reach, she has never taken those gifts for granted."
Abby Tremain, Midfielder, Bridgeton, Mo./Incarnate Word Academy
Sporting St. Louis
Attended Incarnate Word Academy, a perennial high school powerhouse in Missouri…Incarnate Word is coached by former SEMO assistant coach and record-setting Ohio Valley Conference standout Beth (Guccione) Sims…Started three years as a midfielder, earning Second-Team All-Conference and All-State laurels as a junior…Benefited greatly from her club exposure with Sporting St. Louis under the mentorship of longtime soccer coach Roger Uphoff…Former SEMO players coached by Uphoff include OVC Champions Torey Byrd
and Ashton Aubuchon
Nelson on Tremain: "Abby is a crafty and skillful midfielder that can make an impact on both sides of the ball. Her biggest assets are her combined field awareness and tactical IQ that allow her to be strong in possession as well as impactful in creating and finishing chances. She will be a strong addition to our central midfield because of her tremendous work ethic and determination."
Lauren Welker, Forward/Defender, Jackson, Mo./Jackson H.S.
SLSG MO Elite, ECNL Champions League
Scott McDoniel, Ralph Richards
Region II U14 Team
Four-year starter at Jackson High School. Scored 32 goals and tallied three assists en route to All-District, All-Conference, All-State and All-Region accolades last season…Was also named the Class 4 Co-Player of the Year…Prior to that, she posted 18 goals and 16 assists as a sophomore and 14 goals and 15 assists as a freshman…Was a First-Team All-State selection and won the Class 4 Co-Player of the Year award as a freshman…Has been competing in the ECNL Champions League for SLSG Missouri on the national stage since she was under 15…Tied for a team-high seven goals in 2015…Was also a member of the United States Youth Soccer Association Region II Team, placing her among the top 100 youth players in the country.
Nelson on Welker: "Lauren is best known as a quick, crafty and formidable attacking player that can have an impact from wide or central areas. She shines in 1-on-1 situations, loves running at defenders and has the confidence and competitive attitude to impact the outcome of games. In addition to her attacking presence, her overall versatility is off the charts. Lauren can attack from both sides of the field and she can also be extremely effective starting from a high position or a deeper flank role."
Daus, Mathenia, McCourt, Redden, Tremain and Welker join forward Emily Holten (Collinsville, Ill./Ole Miss) who signed with the Redhawks in December.