Brune earns OVC honors in her first season with SEMO


A local soccer player has made her mark in her first season at the college level.
Freshman midfielder Emma Brune (2020 Saxony Lutheran graduate) was named to the Ohio Valley Conference All-Tournament Team after SEMO reached the tournament championship game for the first time since 2015.
The No. 4 seed Redhawks fell to No. 2 Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 2-1 in overtime of the title match Saturday at Murray State. Welker scored SEMO’s lone goal of the match in the 52nd minute.
On top of earning tournament team honors, Brune and Jackson graduate Lauren Welker were also named All-OVC for regular-season play. Brune earned second team and all-newcomer honors. Welker was selected to the first team.
Brune finished the season with a pair of goals that included a game winning goal against Eastern Illinois on March 16.
To reach the OVC Tournament Championship, SEMO defeated No. 1 seed Murray State, 1-0, as Brune scored the game-winning goal in the 12th minute. This was the second and final goal of the Brune’s first collegiate season, who tied for second in points (four) along with having 14 shots and 10 SOG.
Brune also didn’t miss a single second of action while patrolling SEMO’s defensive mid area and played all of her team’s 1,103 minutes this spring.
The only other Redhawk to do that besides Brune was senior defender Lexie Hacker.
Welker finished the season as the Redhawks leader in points (16), goals (six) and assists (four) off 18 shots with 12 being on goal. Before this year, Welker had yet to score a goal in college.


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