HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss soccer recorded an 8-0 victory over Mississippi Valley State in a game shortened due to darkness at the Southern Miss Soccer Complex. With no lights on the field, the game ended with 12:24 remaining as conditions were too dark to continue.
Seven different Golden Eagle players scored goals on the night, including five goals coming from the bench. Alexia Hix paved the way for the Black and Gold, netting a pair of goals on the night. The true freshman recorded four shots, including three shots on goal and two goals. Allie Baumhower, Beth Coleman, Sarah Fortenberry, Breann Hedin and Anya Koren each scored their first goal of the season, while Becky McMullan notched her second goal.
Goalkeeper Brittany Taylor earned the victory in a shutout effort. The defense limited MVSU to just five shots, including two shots on goal. Taylor turned away both shots that were on target en route to the first shutout of the season.
Koren started the scoring with a goal in the eighth minute. Coleman passed Koren the ball from the left side of the field and Koren beat the goalie 1-on-1 for the initial goal.
Twenty minutes later, McMullan scored off of a corner kick. Mississippi Valley State failed to clear the ball that went straight to McMullan. The true freshman collected her second goal of the season to push the lead to 2-0.
Coleman increased the lead to 3-0 with an unassisted goal in the 34th minute. The true freshman lined up for a corner kick and was able to curve the ball into the net.
Hix ended the half with back-to-back goals. The freshman took a pass from Hypolite beating defenders for her first collegiate goal in the 41st minute. Three minutes later, Hix took a cross from McKie in front of the goal to put the Golden Eagles ahead 5-0 just before half.
The second stanza was much of the same for the Black and Gold. Bartholomay delivered a long kick from the back row ahead to Hedin who took advantage of a 1-on-1 matchup with the goalie for the first goal of the second half.
On the seventh goal, Rivera passed the ball over to Fortenberry who dumped the ball off to Baumhower. The freshman was able to direct the ball into the net off the post for her first collegiate goal.
The final goal of the night saw Hedin dump the ball off to Fortenberry in front of the goal in the 75th minute. Fortenberry punched it in for her first goal as a college athlete.
With no lights at the Southern Miss Soccer Complex, the game was called with 12:24 remaining on the clock. Mississippi Valley State was late arriving to Hattiesburg due to bus trouble, delaying the start of the game by 71 minutes.
Southern Miss returns to the pitch on Friday afternoon as the Golden Eagles play host to Jackson State in a nonconference game. Kickoff is slated for 4:00 p.m. at the Southern Miss Soccer Complex.
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