Golden Eagles drop first two conference matches


Southern Miss opened conference play versus Middle Tennessee State on Sept. 25 and returned home to face conference foe Old Dominion Sunday, falling in both matches, 1-0.

Against the Blue Raiders in the conference opener, the Golden Eagles trailed early with a Blue Raider score in the 14th minute.

In the first half, sophomore Karen Torres and Becky McMullan both attempted shots on goal, only to have their shots stopped by Middle Tennessee goalie Kelsey Brouwer. Junior goalkeeper Brittany Taylor made five saves in the first half.

Southern Miss came out in the second half aggressively on offense as freshmen Stephaine Garcia and Kiersten Bradley both had shots on goal within the first five minutes, but neither could find the back of the net Garcia’s attempt was wide, while Bradley’s was off the mark high. Minutes later, McMullan had another shot on goal, but it was saved by Brouwer.

The Blue Raiders were able to hold onto their 1-0 lead despite getting off just two shots after halftime. However, the lack of offense did not stop the Blue Raiders from capturing the 1-0 victory.

The Golden Eagles played through the rain in Hattiesburg Sunday against the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs. Sophomore Beth Coleman led the team in shots with three, including one that went just inches over the bar.

The rainy conditions took a toll on the game as neither team could find the back of the net in the first half. Old Dominion had the advantage in shots with nine, while the Golden Eagles only had three shots on goal.

In the 22nd minute, the Golden Eagles best scoring chance came when Coleman’s long distance strike sailed over the crossbar and hit the top of the net. Taylor made four saves in the first half.

In the second half, the Golden Eagles had seven shots, including three solid scoring opportunities.

Moments after the start of the second half got underway, freshman Hannah Abrams headed one over the bar. Freshman Mary Kate Smith attempted two solid shots with one of the two being a shot on goal. Coleman, Garcia and McMullan each attempted one shot each.

In the 57th minute, the first and only goal of the game came from Old Dominion. Iris Achterhof slipped the ball between two Southern Miss defenders and Madison Hogan was there to put it low past Taylor. Southern Miss fell to the Lady Monarchs 1-0.

Taylor, who had six total saves in the 90 minutes of play against Middle Tennessee State, moved into second all-time in career saves for Southern Miss with 251.

The Golden Eagles are now 2-6-3 for the season and 0-2- 0 in Conference USA play. Southern Miss returns to play at home on Friday, Oct. 2 when they host Charlotte at 4 p.m.