Aug 25, 2013
ITTA BENA, Miss. - If anything could go right on the pitch, it happened in favor of the Southern Miss soccer team on Sunday, as the Golden Eagles remained undefeated on the early season with a 6-0 win over the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devilettes.
Multiple-goal performances by a pair of players and a near-flawless defensive effort were just two of the highlights of the contest.
"This was a great, collective, team effort," Coach Mohammed El-Zare said. "The girls played great throughout the match. We had shots on goal by 11 or 12 different players and were able to get ahead. It was an excellent opportunity for us to get a lot of our players some minutes and experience as we move forward. I am very pleased with our performance today."
Southern Miss (1-0-1) scored three goals apiece in each half of the contest and stifled any attempts at a comeback by Mississippi Valley (0-2).
The Golden Eagles took just four minutes to get on the scoreboard. At the 4:21 mark, Mischa Tice scored an unassisted goal.
While that would have been enough, Southern Miss added an unassisted goal by Danica Roberts in the 14th minute, a pair of goals by Brooke Hendrix in the 40th and 53rd minutes, a second unassisted goal by Roberts in the 58th minutes and an unassisted goal by Chelsea Cruthirds in the 67th minute.
Hendrix's first goal came courtesy of an assist by Tatum Richey, the latter was unassisted. Southern Miss senior keeper Lindsey Schwaner played the entire match and posted a clean sheet en route to her first victory in goal for the season.
Delta Devilette goalie Shelby Willcocks made 10 saves and took the loss. "It was a great win," El-Zare said. "But our focus is now on our next match, Arkansas-Pine Bluff. We will get back to work Monday with practice and work on all the areas we feel we can get better in. Our goal is to get better every day."
The Golden Eagles return to action Friday with their home opener, a 5 p.m. showdown with Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
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