Sept. 12, 2007
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss soccer team fell short in the 2-1 offensive battle with in-state rival Mississippi Valley State, today, at the Southern Miss Soccer Complex.
Sophomore forward Jency Jones broke a 1-1 tie to put the Devilettes over Southern Miss at the 60:38 mark, rebounding her own shot on goal and beating senior Lady Eagle goalkeeper Anna Fiser (Jackson, Miss.).
Southern Miss tied the game 10 minutes into the second half when freshman midfielder Samantha Polley (Louisville, Kent.) received a pass from junior forward Sarah McFadden (Magherafelt, Northern Ireland), following a corner kick from senior midfielder Megan Kolts (Suwannee, Ga.). Polley's goal marked the first goal of her career and the first goal for the Lady Eagles during the 2007 season. McFadden and Kolts each were awarded with assists.
The Devilettes landed on the scoreboard 14:14 into the first half when Pella Handed shot into an empty net after rebounding a previous shot from teammate Jones, which brought Fiser out of the goal.
Despite the loss, Southern Miss showed signs of improvement, outshooting the Devilettes, 17-12. McFadden led the squad with four shots, while Kolts notched three. Freshman midfielder Jana Mason (Tupelo, Miss.), senior defender Jackie Ryan (Snellville, Ga.) and sophomore defender Renee Hrapmann each notched two shots, and junior defender Malinda Hill (Slidell, La.), freshman midfielder Amy Skeet (Lewisville, Texas), sophomore defender Daniela Picado (Meridian, Miss.) and Polley each recorded one.
With today's loss, the Lady Eagles fall to a 0-4-0 record.
Southern Miss returns to action on Friday, traveling to face South Alabama, before returning home to compete against Jackson State on Sunday.
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