UTEP Steals a Win From Women's Soccer
HATTIESBURG, Miss.: If the game was decided on scoring opportunities and shots taken, the Southern Miss women's soccer team would easily have won the game.
UTEP waited 89 minutes to score the winning goal of the game on Sunday afternoon.
The Golden Eagles out shot the Miners 28-17 and controlled the game until the final minute. Scoring opportunities were flying and Alyssa Palacios had plenty to do in goal recording six saves against the Golden Eagles.
Southern Miss created opportunities by attacking the wings with the speed of Becky McMullan and the strength of Stephanie Garcia and Kierstin Bradley up front. Garcia led the team with seven shots but could only place one on frame. Miah Zuazua also placed one of her five shots on frame with her closest opportunity coming outside the 18-yard box but rolled just wide of the right post.
Most of Sunday's game was played inside the Miners half while the Golden Eagles defenders playing a high line while contributing to the offensive pressure. Freshman Caitlin Pierce, a defender, was able to get forward on many occasions but shots were just too high to put the Golden Eagles ahead. Two free kicks outside the 18-yard box gave Kaitlin Fayard two opportunities but were lifted just over the cross bar on both attempts.
Bradley's shot with the outside of her right foot that bounced off the left post was the closest the Golden Eagles would get. Kennadie Chaudhary's goal in the 89th minute would be the deciding goal in the Golden Eagles first Conference USA game of the season.
Sunday's loss not only was the first C-USA loss but also the Golden Eagles first loss at home. The Golden Eagles are now 6-3 this season and host Western Kentucky, Thursday, Sept. 21 at 4 p.m.