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Golden Eagles open home schedule with 8-0 win

Chelsea Cruthirds

Aug 30, 2013

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Golden Eagles remained undefeated on the season and posted a second consecutive blowout win here Friday.

Seven different Southern Miss women scored a goal in an 8-0 win over the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lady Lions (0-4).

"It was a great win," first-year head coach Mohammed El-Zare said. "What I liked the most was that we came out and, right away, dictated the tempo of the game and scored some early goals. To me, that shows that there is a maturity on this team. We came in and set the tone early."

The Golden Eagles (2-0-1), who've shown a penchant for early goals this year, took just five minutes to strike pay dirt as Danica Roberts scored on an assist from Mischa Tice.

The floodgates opened after that and the barrage was ceaseless by Southern Miss, which got off 42 shots, 23 of which were on goal.

Chelsea Cruthirds scored an unassisted goal in the 13th minute. Brooke Hendrix made it 3-0 in the 21st minute on a bang-bang play with a double-assist from Danielle Beatty and Tice.

Three straight unassisted goals followed off the feet of Missy Wentz in the 29th minute, Somer Jones in the 52nd minute and Anya Koren in the 62nd minute.

In the 67th minute, Tatum Richey scored off a double-assist by Morgan Saucier and Koren before Roberts rounded out the scoring with an assist by Koren in the 89th minute.

Southern Miss keepers Lindsey Schwaner (2-0) and Brittney Taylor (0-0-1) combined to post a second straight clean sheet.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff keeper Alyssa Cobbs (0-4) took the loss in a match during which she made 15 saves.

"This was a good first home game," El-Zare said, "but we can't enjoy it too long. We have another tough opponent in Southeastern Louisiana here on Sunday. So we will enjoy our win tonight but get back to work tomorrow."

El-Zare did state, however, that this hard work would not prevent his Golden Eagles, or the coach himself, from supporting fellow student-athletes.

"We will definitely enjoy this first home weekend of sports," El-Zare said. "We want to see our volleyball and football teams succeed and wish Coach (Todd) Monken and the football team as well as Coach (Amanda) Berkley and the volleyball team nothing but the best this weekend. So, we will be there to support them on Saturday before coming back here on Sunday."

The home match with the Southeastern Louisiana Lions will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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