Offense Continues to Fly For Women's Soccer
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – After Thursday night’s 4-1 win against Grambling State, the Southern Miss women’s soccer team have already scored half as many goals as they did the entire 2016 season.
The Golden Eagles continue to produce offensive opportunities after scoring four goals in their fourth game of the season. Senior Katie Richmond scored her first goal of the season off a header in the 35th minute. Richmond’s goal was the lone goal in the first half despite the Golden Eagles taking nine shots.
Early success in the second half continues to be a trend for the Golden Eagles after Ola Akinniyi scored her first of the season just 15 minutes in. Stephanie Garcia played the ball back in the box after the corner for Akinniyi to tap it in. Just two minutes later Akinniyi would find the net again off a give and go with freshman Miah Zuazua. Zuazua now has three assists this season.
Freshman goalkeeper Kendell Mindnich entered the game with 22 minutes to go but found herself picking the ball up from the net just seconds after coming in. Confusion in defense allowed a Tigers forward to score inside the box.
Senior Andrea Rivera also capitalized off a keeper change from the Tigers after a dropped save landed right at her feet. Rivera scored with five minutes left giving the Golden Eagles a three-goal cushion.
The number three continues to be the Golden Eagles lucky number after three different players scored in Thursday’s match. The offense continues to role further into the season with eight different players finding the back of the net for Southern Miss so far.
“It shows we’re moving the ball well when we see multiple players finding the back of the net,” coach Mohammed El-Zare said. “We got some of our younger players good minutes and we were able to continue to attack.”
The Golden Eagles are now 4-0 this season, the best start under El-Zare. The team will travel up to Oxford, Miss., and face Ole Miss in their only SEC match up of the season. The Golden Eagles are looking for their first win against the Rebels who have a 9-0 advantage against them.
The Rebels are 3-0-1 heading in to their match against High Point University on Friday before hosting the Golden Eagles. The Rebels have scored 17 goals this season after two, 8-0 wins.
Sunday’s game in Oxford can be seen on the SEC Network at 6 p.m.