Women’s soccer notebook

Dominic Renzetti, Assistant Sports Editor

The Eastern women’s soccer team’s 2-0 win over Chicago State on the road Sunday marked a number of firsts for the team heading into its Ohio Valley Conference schedule this weekend.

The win was the first non-conference win since Sept. 7, 2012, when the Panthers beat Evansville 2-1. It’s also the first non-conference win for head coach Jason Cherry, now in his second year at the helm.

Hannah Miller’s two goals make her the first Panther to score multiple goals in a match this season, and the first player to score multiple goals since Sept. 29, 2013, when Meagan Radloff did it against Tennessee Tech.

Miller, a 2012 selection to the OVC All-Newcomer team, scored two goals last year, including the team’s second goal of the season against Valparaiso in 2013. Miller had two goals in her freshman season as well, both during OVC play.

Looking ahead to Southeast Missouri

Southeast Missouri, the first OVC opponent on the list for the Panthers, beat Eastern 4-0 last season. Miller and Radloff had one shot each in that match on Oct. 27, 2013. It was the Panthers’ worst OVC-loss of the year.

So far in non-conference play, Southeast Missouri is an even 3-3.

The Redhawks opened the season with a win over Division II Missouri-St. Louis of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Southeast Missouri competed in the Falcon Invitational hosted by Air Force and came away with a 2-0 win over Big West opponent California-Davis. Southeast Missouri concluded its Colorado road trip with a loss to Northern Colorado of the Big Sky conference.

The Redhawks dropped at 3-0 loss to Illinois State on Sept. 12 and a 1-0 loss to Evansville on Sept. 17. Illinois State, a member of the Missouri Valley, is 6-4 this season, while Evansville, also in the MVC, is 7-2-1.

Southeast Missouri’s most recent match was a 3-0 win over Arkansas State of the Sun Belt conference. Arkansas State is 3-6 so far this season.

Like the Panthers, Southeast Missouri was eliminated in the first round of last year’s OVC tournament. The No. 3 seeded Redhawks gave up a goal in the final five minutes to No. 6 seeded Austin Peay to lose 1-0.

The Redhawks are without last year’s OVC Defensive Player of the Year in goalkeeper Ashton Aubuchon, who graduated. Aubuchon had a goals against average of 1.37 last season, making 101 total saves. Aubuchon was a first team All-OVC selection.

The Redhawks do return second team All-OVC selection Natasha Minor, who finished with a team-high 12 points. Minor started 16 matches last year as a true freshman. So far, she has just one goal this year.

Also returning are sophomore Christina Rohde and senior Breana Beine, who were members of the OVC All-Newcomer team last year. Rohde started 18 matches last year as a true freshman and was twice named OVC Player of the Week.

Beine, who sat out 2012 after transferring from Evansville started 17 matches and registered a goal against Eastern last October. A native of St. Peters, Mo., Beine attended Francis Howell Central High School in Cottleville, Mo., the same high school as Eastern’s Lindsey Marino and Cassie Willhite.

Eastern and Southeast Missouri open OVC play at 3 p.m. Friday at Lakeside Field.