MOBILE, Ala. - South Alabama's Kristyn Thacker scored two second half goals to lead the Jaguars to a 2-0 victory over Southern Miss on Friday at "The Cage" soccer complex.
The Golden Eagles (2-2-1) had a two-game winning streak snapped in the defeat after running even in the first frame. Keeper Lindsey Schwaner came up with 10 big saves but USA (4-3) was able to put 12 of their 17 total shots on frame.
"Give credit to South Alabama," said coach Scott Ebke. "They finished their chances and we didn't. We had a good look at the end of the first half and their keeper made a great save. In the second half, we created some good chances, but couldn't find that final ball tonight."
Southern Miss' attack was led by junior Danica Roberts, whose four shots (two on goal) were a team-high while South Alabama's Morgan Motes, Jordan Duncan and Clarissa Hernandez belted off a combined 10 shots. However, it was all Thacker in the second half as both her shots found the back of the net.
Thacker's first goal came in the 59th minute when she received a pass from Motes and relayed into the top right corner of the goal. She added an insurance goal in the final three minutes for her third of the season.
Southern Miss will return to action on Sunday when they travel north to Starkville to take on Mississippi State. Kickoff for that match is set for 7 p.m.
"We'll come back home and train and get ready for a tough opponent on Sunday," said Ebke. "Any time you play an in-state foe, you can always be guaranteed it's going to be a hard fought match and I'm looking forward to seeing how we respond after this defeat."
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