South Alabama Spoils Soccer's Return Home
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The Southern Miss soccer team returned home after a four-game road swing, but had its homecoming spoiled by South Alabama who defeated the Golden Eagles 4-0 on Sunday afternoon at the Southern Miss Soccer Complex.
The Jaguars (6-2-1) jumped out to an early lead on the Golden Eagles (2-4-3) and capitalized on opportunities to earn the victory.
Southern Miss recorded six shots on the day by six different players. Kay Kay Hypolite, Breann Hedin, Aisa Ribbens, Morgan Mansell, Rikke Randrup and Kierstin Bradley each posted shots on the day with Ribbens' shot coming on goal.
Brittany Taylor was charged with the loss at goal for the Golden Eagles. The junior keeper recorded seven saves but was unable to stop the Jaguars attack.
Ashlynn Jones started the scoring for South Alabama with a goal in the third minute. She took a pass from Charde Hannah in front of the box and slipped it past Taylor to put the guests up 1-0.
Southern Miss was whistled for a foul in the box, giving South Alabama a penalty kick. Jones' PK was true, pushing the advantage to 2-0.
The score remained 2-0 until the 62nd minute. Jones received a pass from Jemma Purfield and weaved through traffic for her third goal of the game. USA's Danielle Henley took a cross from Sophie Haywood and put it in the back of the net for the final goal of the game.
Southern Miss opens Conference USA play on Friday when the Golden Eagles travel to Murfreesboro, Tenn. to play Middle Tennessee. The Black and Gold return on Sunday for a C-USA game against Old Dominion.