Southeast Missouri State University freshman midfielder Esmeralda Gonzales is used to scoring goals.
Before joining the Redhawks, Gonzales is the national high school record holder for goals scored in both boy’s and girl’s soccer – she scored 316 goals during her outstanding four-year career at South Hills High School in Fort Worth, Texas.
In the 47th minute of Southeast’s season-opener on the road at Southeastern Conference member Tennessee, Gonzales scored the game-winning goal to send the Redhawks to a 1-0 victory. Gonzales, playing on the wing, put the ball in the top corner of the goal off a Kaitlin Kuznacic cross from 30 yards out.Gonzales led Southeast to its third all-time win over an SEC opponent. The Redhawks also beat Arkansas in 2004 and Kentucky in 2002.
Head Coach Heather Nelson, who is in her 18th year as Southeast’s head coach, picked up her 200th career win when the Redhawks beat Wisconsin-Milwaukee on August 28. Nelson pushed her all-time record to 200-151-45 and has led Southeast to five Ohio Valley Conference regular-season titles and two NCAA Women’s College Cup berths in her career.
Southeast is off to a blazing start this season and they return home to Houck Stadium this Sunday, Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. And don’t forget, at Sunday home games, Redhawk Soccer fans are invited to park and tailgate in the east end zone.
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