Sept. 16, 2007
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -
The Southern Miss women's soccer team defeated in-state rival Jackson State, 4-2, at the Southern Miss Soccer Complex, today, with 166 in attendance.
Overtime goals from freshman Amy Skeet (Lewisville, Texas) and senior Megan Kolts lifted the Lady Eagles over the Tigers, breaking the 2-2 tie from regulation play.
In the first overtime period, Skeet, assisted by Kolts, shot from the left side of the six-yard box into an open goal after Jackson State goalkeeper Britney Berry was lured out of the goal. Kolts extended the lead in the second overtime period, accepting a pass from freshman Leigh-Ann Levens and sending the ball in from the left side of the box.
"We didn't get in a rhythm to begin with," Head Coach Gail Macklin said. "When we get 31 shots and only have three goals, we need to realize that we're not finishing opportunities. There are a few concerns because we could've done a lot better. It was great having Mallory getting two goals, and another freshman getting the winner."
The Tigers went up 2-0 on Southern Miss with two unassisted goals in the first period. Freshman Naira Crimiel dribbled past a Lady Eagle defender and scored from the top of the six-yard line, before freshman Elisa Mulzac scored past a diving Southern Miss goalkeeper, Anna Fiser (Jackson, Miss.).
Freshman Mallory Barnes (Lafayette, La.) provided all of the offense for the Lady Eagles during regulation, notching a goal three minutes into the second half off a header from the right side of the goal and another 12 minutes later.
Southern Miss dominated the shot chart, finishing with 31 shots compared to Jackson State's eight. Junior Sarah McFadden and Kolts led the Lady Eagles with six shots apiece, while Barnes and Skeet each tallied four. Sophomores Keilah Hopkins and Liz Hamlin landed three shots, and sophomore Renee Hrapmann recorded two, while freshmen Jana Mason, Sarah Brusco and Samantha Polley finished with one each.
Fiser, playing the entire game for the Lady Eagles, finished the contest with two saves.
"We started off a little flat, but we definitely showed a little character by coming back and winning the game," Fiser said. "The freshmen are doing awesome. We've been having some trouble the back of the net, and Mallory did a great job of that today. Samantha had a great game in the back."
With today's win, the Lady Eagles improved to 2-4-0, while the Tigers fell to 1-4-2.
Southern Miss returns to action on Friday, traveling to face Alabama in a 7 p.m. contest.