Unsuccessful road trip for USM soccer
Southern Miss had hopes of picking up their first conference win after settling with an exciting double overtime tie in both conference games at home last week.
But those hopes were crushed after Old Dominion and Charlotte handed Southern Miss (5-8-2) two road losses this weekend.
The team first traveled to Norfolk, Virginia to open its conference road series against Old Dominion. Offensively, the Golden Eagles could not keep up with the Lady Monarchs’ shots on goal and time of possession. Old Dominion dominated with 20 shots, nine shots on goal compared to Southern Miss’ six shots with only a pair of shots on goal.
In the 42nd minute of the game, the Monarchs had a shot on goal by forward Madison Hogan blocked by Southern Miss goalkeeper Brittany Taylor. Unfortunately for USM, the ball still rolled around in the goal box and it was not long before the Monarchs’ leading scorer, Jessie Klamut, was there to finish the play, putting the ball in the back of the net. Hogan was credited with the assist to give Old Dominion a 1-0 advantage.
USM’s sophomore goalie, Taylor, did have seven saves in her efforts of slowing down the Lady Monarch offensive attacks. Both teams remained scoreless in the second half as Southern Miss fell to 0-3-2 in C-USA.
The Golden Eagles traveled to North Carolina Sunday to take on the Charlotte 49ers at Transamerica Field. The Southern Miss defense was able to hold Charlotte until the 28th minute when 49ers forward Rebecca Beatty found the back of the net form 35 yards away giving her team a 1-0 lead.
Only 11 minutes later, USM’s Casey Adkins retaliated with a goal of her own, blasting the ball past the goalie, tying the game for the Golden Eagles. Kay Kay Hypolite assisted the score. By halftime, Southern Miss improved with their shots on goal having six while Charlotte had nine.
The go-ahead goal in the second half came from Charlotte’s Alex Meyers in the 69th minute; Amanda Jones and Martha Thomas assisted on the play. Southern Miss was unable to score in the second half and fell to 0-4-2 in C-USA play.
Southern Miss returns home this weekend facing C-USA rival Louisiana Tech. Kickoff is for 1 p.m. Saturday.