Women's Soccer Earns First Road Win to Remain Unbeaten
MONROE, La. - For the second year in a row, the Southern Miss women’s soccer team started its season 3-0 after Sunday’s 3-1 victory against Louisiana–Monroe.
Possession, shots, corners and goals all went in favor for the Golden Eagles when they played on the road for the first time this season. The team kept majority of the possession in the first half and created 15 scoring opportunities but went into halftime tied at zero.
Freshman Miah Zuazua and senior Becky McMullan led the team with shot attempts with two a piece after 45 minutes. The Golden Eagles pressured the Warhawks’ defense early in the second half and scored six minutes later.
Kierstin Bradley played a splitting ball behind the defenders to allow Beth Coleman to score her first goal of the season. Just two minutes later, Stephanie Garcia put the Golden Eagles up 2-0 after a give-and-go from Zuazua on the top of the box freed Garcia up to also score her first of the season.
The Golden Eagles continued the offensive pressure in the second half from numerous shots by Becky McMullan and Garcia. The defense was able to calmly play the ball out of the back, which allowed the offense to open up and get behind the Warhawks defense forcing Brooke Scroggins to make 11 saves.
Karen Torres switched the point of attack from the left to Garcia and her touch forward gave her space to cross the ball in front of the keeper for an easy tap in for Coleman’s second goal of the game.
The Warhawks spoiled senior Kelly Brahmbhatt’s potential shutout after a crossing ball skipped through the defense to allow Erika Weist to score. Despite the one goal against them, the Golden Eagles outshout the Warhawks 25-6.
All eight freshmen who traveled for the Golden Eagles saw action on the field, including goalkeeper Kendell Mindnich who made her first collegiate save.
The Golden Eagles return home to host Grambling State, Thursday, Aug. 31 at 5 p.m.