• About
  • Careers
  • Newsletter
Sports Soccer Southern Miss soccer loses to Rice at home

Southern Miss soccer loses to Rice at home

-

Freshman midfielder Sommer Jones dribbles the ball past a Rice defender during their game on Saturday. The Eagles fell short losing the game 3-0. Michael Kavitz/Printz
Freshman midfielder Sommer Jones dribbles the ball past a Rice defender during their game on Saturday. The Eagles fell short losing the game 3-0.
Michael Kavitz/Printz

In a hot and humid Saturday afternoon game, the Southern Miss soccer team lost to Rice (5-5-2, 3-2) with a 3-0 shutout to bring the Eagles’ record to 6-5-2 (0-3-2 in conference).

Before the end of the first period the Rice Owls got off 11 shots and scored two early goals. Rice’s junior midfielder Gabriela Iribarne scored the first goal off an assist by Lauren Hughes in the 15th minute, and in the 18th minute, forward Holly Hargreaves scored on a penalty kick.

Going into the second period trailing 2-0, the Golden Eagles fought back by setting up several chances to score. USM matched Rice’s performance with seven second-period shots and Danica Roberts had an opportunity to score on a penalty kick with three minutes left to play.

However, Southern Miss could not produce on these opportunities.

“We got unlucky with the penalty kick in the first half and unlucky in the second half when we had our penalty kick,” senior Chelsea Cruthirds said after the game. “We unfortunately missed it. We got some good chances. And moving forward, we have got to look forward to next weekend and put those chances away so that we can get up there in the top of the conference.”

After yielding one more goal late in the game to Rice’s Quinny Truong, time expired and the Owls left Hattiesburg, Miss., with a conference win.

“It was a good fight, and Rice was a good team,” Cruthirds said. “We came out a little slow at the very beginning but we picked it up. I thought we played well. It took us a little while to get into the groove of things but eventually we settled down.”

The Southern Miss soccer team has never defeated Rice, and the Oct. 12 game made USM’s overall series against the Owls 0-8. Despite the loss, first-year head coach Mohammed El-Zare was pleased with his team’s performance and teamwork.

“I am proud of the way we played today,” El-Zare said. “In the second half, particularly, we did a good job of limiting their chances and getting forward to create our own opportunities. What it came down to was they converted their chances and we were not able to.”

Aside from Roberts’ penalty kick, the Golden Eagles made 11 shots, only four of which were on goal. The Owls’ defense blocked two shots and their junior goalkeeper Amy Czyz recorded five saves.

“I think that it was a tough game (and) it was a hard team,” said freshman goalkeeper Brittany Taylor. “We did have possession for most of the time and it was unfortunate we weren’t able to finish opportunities, but I think if we just keep working for it, and just keep playing our game, I think we can develop into the team I know we are.”

Entering that game, Taylor (3-5-4) led Conference-USA in both total saves (66) and in save percentage (.880). Against Rice she recorded nine saves and three goals against, including the penalty kick by Hargreaves.

“I am so proud of the effort and the fighting spirit we showed (Saturday),” El-Zare said. “We continue to play as a team and play as hard as we can. We are going to get some positive results because of this. I have 100 percent confidence.

“Failure is an avenue toward success. I believe we will rise up. We are nearing success. If we continue to work and play like this, good results will come our way.”

With only five games left in the season, the Golden Eagles will try to earn their first conference win in San Antonio against UTSA on Friday, Oct. 18. The Eagles will face Louisiana Tech Sunday, Oct. 20.

Alan Rawls
Managing Editor for The Student Printz
- Advertisement -

Latest news

Lady Eagles win over Ole Miss

The Lady Eagles basketball team (4-1, 0-0 C-USA) defeated the Ole Miss Rebels (2-2, 0-0 SEC) Nov. 19.

Cross country concludes 2019 season

The Southern Miss cross country team ended its season at the NCAA DI South Regional Championships in Tallahassee, Florida, Nov. 15. Seven runners qualified for the race after the team placed second in the Conference USA meet on Nov. 2.

Re-examining Hattiesburg’s history: Local leaders explore the Lost Cause

From the name of Forrest County to the picture of a Klansman hanging in the Forrest County Circuit Court Office, Hattiesburg honors the Confederacy.

‘Charlie’s Angels’ provides more laughs than thrills

Elizabeth Banks’ “Charlie’s Angels” is a fun way to pass through a few hours over the Thanksgiving holiday, but, unfortunately, it isn’t much more than that.

‘OK, boomer,’ draws the ire of older generations

Check any recent social media postings from millennials or Generation Z, and chances are there’s at least one meme posting with the phrase “OK, boomer.”

Must read

Lady Eagles win over Ole Miss

The Lady Eagles basketball team (4-1, 0-0 C-USA) defeated the Ole Miss Rebels (2-2, 0-0 SEC) Nov. 19.

Cross country concludes 2019 season

The Southern Miss cross country team ended its season at the NCAA DI South Regional Championships in Tallahassee, Florida, Nov. 15. Seven runners qualified for the race after the team placed second in the Conference USA meet on Nov. 2.

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you