Women's Soccer Wins With 90 Seconds Left in 3-2 Win
Miah Zuazua's penalty kick in the 88th minute gives the Golden Eagles their second win of the season.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – With 90 seconds left in the game, freshman Miah Zuazua placed the penalty kick in the back of the net to give the Southern Miss women’s soccer team a 3-2 win against Stephen F. Austin.
The Golden Eagles came from behind twice on Sunday’s game in order to win their second game of the season. The Ladyjacks took the lead in the 31st minute of the game when Katelyn Termini found the back of the net. Termini’s goal gave her team the 1-0 lead going into halftime.
Kaitlin Fayard played a perfect ball over the defense for Ashton Stennis to score a header for her second career goal for the Golden Eagles. The offense was rolling for both teams in second half totaling 21 shots in the second half alone.
Madison Hall would give the Ladyjacks their second lead of the game after she found the ball at her feet inside the 18-yard box in the 77th minute. Golden Eagles senior, Becky McMullan needed only three minutes to equalize the game with a tricky shot that bounced inside the left post to find the net. McMullan now has three goals in two games.
Zuazua would take advantage of the penalty kick that was awarded to the Golden Eagles in the 88th minute. Zuazua sent the keeper the wrong way as she calmly placed the ball to the left.
“I was kind of nervous trying to score that winning goal but walking up the ball, I felt confident to take it,” Zuazua said. “I came into today’s game trying to score so I wanted to take it.”
For the second year in a row, the Golden Eagles have started the season 2-0. The team hits the road for a two-game trip against Lamar on Friday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. and Louisiana-Monroe on Sunday, Aug. 27 at 1 p.m.
The Golden Eagles picked up two wins last year against Lamar and ULM. Friday’s match will be the first time the Golden Eagles play at Lamar under coach Mohammed El-Zare after last season’s 3-0 win at home.
“Today’s game showed great effort from our team and I’m happy about the energy on and off the field from this team,” El-Zare said. “We’ll be ready for this weekend. It’s going to be another big test for us.”