Sept. 7, 2007
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss women's soccer team was defeated, 4-0, in its 2007 home opener against Ole Miss, today, at the Southern Miss Soccer Complex with 305 in attendance.
Junior midfielder Amanda Verkin put the Lady Rebels on the board at the 17:48 mark of the first half, beating senior Lady Eagle goalkeeper Anna Fiser. Two minutes later, Verkin struck again, extending Ole Miss' lead to 2-0.
"Overall, we're disappointed with the outcome because the goals that were conceded in the game were caused from errors from us," Head Coach Gail Macklin said. "I thought we played well, and we created a lot more chances than we were able to against LSU. When you make basic elementary mistakes against good teams you get punished, and that's been our problem in the first three games."
At the 28:06 mark of the first half, sophomore forward Hannah Weatherly notched a third goal for the Lady Rebels and the final goal of the half.
Senior midfielder Chrissy Strini added Ole Miss' final goal of the contest midway through the second half to give the Lady Rebels the 4-0 lead.
"Our heads are up, and we're going to go back and fix the mistakes," Macklin added. "There are some areas that we're able to work on and improve and look forward to Wednesday."
Southern Miss junior forward Sarah McFadden produced several scoring opportunities, including a shot that hit the top post on the left side of the goal.
The Lady Rebels notched 17 shots, including 11 on goal, while the Lady Eagles tallied 11 with four on goal. McFadden led the squad with five shots and one on goal. Sophomore Keilah Hopkins and freshman Amy Skeet added two shots each, and junior Erin Hamrick and freshman Sarah Brusco each recorded one.
Fiser finished the contest with seven saves, and Ole Miss goalkeeper Megan Vickery tallied four.
"It was a tough day for us today, but the beginning of the season is always like that for us," senior Jackie Ryan said. "We play the best teams in the beginning of the year to get us going. It was a tough loss, but we worked hard. The difference was they had opportunities, and they finished them. We're still positive, and we have a lot of hopes for the year."
Southern Miss returns to action on Wednesday, hosting Mississippi Valley State in a 4 p.m. contest.
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