Women's Soccer Ties School Record With 10 Goals
Golden Eagles blow past Jackson State in 10-0 win
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Thursday’s 10-0 win against Jackson State ties the Southern Miss Women’s Soccer record for the most goals scored in a game.
The offensive opportunities were not lacking for the Golden Eagles’ last nonconference game of the season. Three minutes after the whistle, Kierstin Bradley scored her third goal of the season off a perfectly placed ball my Becky McMullan inside the 18-yard box. That number three continues to be a good one for the Golden Eagles.
The Lady Tiger’s high defensive line gave the Golden Eagles early offside calls, but McMullan took advantage with her speed just four minutes after her assist to claim her fifth goal of the season from a shot going across the keeper’s body. McMullan is now two goals ahead of Bradley for the leading scorer.
Miah Zuazua was able to find junior forward Stephanie Garcia’s feet to score her second of the season just 45 seconds later.
Zuazua would claim her third point of the game when she scored a driller off her left foot to give the Golden Eagles a 4-0 lead. Fellow freshman Mariana Mejia scored two goals within seven minutes of each other with her first coming after Andrea Rivera drove to the goal line and crossed the ball back for Mejia to place past Rachyl Robles. Mejia would be set up again from Mackenzie Hamilton at the top of the box to drill one high in the left corner of the net.
The Golden Eagles took its biggest lead into half at 7-0. The defense, Kelly Brahmbhatt and Kendell Mindnich were left with little harm after preventing the Lady Tiger’s from any shot attempts. The Golden Eagles outshot the Lady Tigers 16-0 in the first.
Allie Baumhower’s shot from 35 yards out slipped past the gloves of Robles and gave Baumhower her first goal of the year. The Golden Eagles would add three more goals after Kaitlin Fayard’s give and go inside the box freed her for the easy shot while Brittney Rankins used the crossbar to help guide her first goal of her collegiate career in the 72nd minute. Hamilton added the final goal with 11 minutes to go after she beat the keeper one-on-one.
The Golden Eagles had nine different players score with five scoring their first collegiate goals for the black and gold.
“This was a great showing for our team,” coach Mohammed El-Zare said. “I’m really proud of the way we performed and it was great to see some of our new players score and show their talent with quality minutes.”
Thursday’s game improves El-Zare’s team to 6-0-2 entering conference play. The Golden Eagles have outscored their opponents 27-17 and have outshot them 164-94.
The 10-0 win ties the 2013 season’s win against Alcorn State, which was also coach El-Zare’s first year in charge.
The Golden Eagles host UTEP on Sunday for the first C-USA game of the season at 1 p.m.