Aug. 29, 2014
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -
After an hour-long weather delay, the Southern Miss Soccer team notched a 5-0 shutout victory over Jackson State on Friday night at the Southern Miss Soccer Complex.
The Golden Eagles recorded back-to-back shutouts for the first time this season and the third time in the El-Zare Era. Last season, the Black and Gold posted back-to-back-to-back shutouts against Mississippi Valley State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Southeastern Louisiana (Aug. 30 - Sept. 1) before notching back-to-back shutouts against Mississippi State and Jackson State one week later (Sept. 8 - Sept. 13).
Four different Southern Miss players netted goals on the night, led by a pair of goals by true freshman Karen Torres. The goals were the first of the rookie's career. Missy Wentz, Jennifer McDade and Ashley Johnson each added goals on the night.
"It was very exciting," said Torres of her two goals. "I put a lot of effort at what I do and how I play. I try my best every game to earn my spot. Scoring two goals was very exciting, especially since they are the first two of my career."
Breann Hedin paved the way with a pair of assists, while Lyndsey Lee, Beth Coleman and Anya Koren each added helpers.
Goalkeeper Brittany Taylor and the defense notched the second straight shutout. The Golden Eagles allowed eight shots on the night with three shots on goal. Taylor notched three saves to record her fourth complete-game shutout of her career.
Wentz started the scoring for the Golden Eagles. Lee crossed a ball that was deflected slightly to Wentz who connected on her first goal of the season. With the defense posting a shutout, Wentz's goal proved to be the game-winner.
Torres recorded her first collegiate goal in the first half. Coleman sent a long cross over to Torres in front of the goal. Torres chipped it in the middle of the goal for her first collegiate goal to put Southern Miss in front 2-0 heading into intermission.
In the second half, Torres connected on her second goal of the game off of a pass from Hedin. Hedin doubled up her assist total for the game with a pass to McDade who punched it in from the top of the box.
The final goal came as Koren sent a ball from the back line ahead to Johnson who hit a deep shot to provide the final score, 5-0. The goal was Johnson's first of the year.
Southern Miss returns to action on Sunday, Aug. 31, as the Golden Eagles travel to Starkville, Miss. to face the Bulldogs in a non-conference game. Kickoff against the Bulldogs is slated for 6:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on the SEC Network +.
"We have to have a strong mentality because the team we are playing on Sunday is very tough," Torres added about playing Mississippi State on Sunday. "I think (these games against Mississippi Valley State and Jackson State) will give us confidence, but we have to be mentally prepared."