Women's Soccer Comes To A Draw After 110 Minutes
Hattiesburg, Miss.: - After 110 minutes, the Southern Miss women's soccer team earned it's first point in Conference USA action against Western Kentucky.
The Golden Eagles faced overtime action for the first time in their 2017 season against WKU on Thursday afternoon. The Lady Toppers traveled to Hattiesburg for only the second time for both sides second C-USA game of the season.
Thursday's 0-0 draw favored the Lady Toppers in the first half. Chandler Backes, the leading scorer for the Lady Toppers, scored on a volley to chip Kelly Brahmbhatt in goal but was later ruled offside. The sides left the pitch after 45 minutes with the Lady Toppers out shooting the Golden Eagles 10-5.
The second half was evenly fought with both teams recording five shots. The Golden Eagles held the upper hand with six minutes left of regulation when Kaylyn Bryant fouled Miah Zuazua on a break away toward the net. Becky McMullan's speed allowed her to take two shots on goal in the game but couldn't extend her lead in goals scored for the home team.McMullan and Kierstin Bradley lead the team with shots on goal.
Western Kentucky entered over time for its second game in a row after facing Old Dominion on the road last Sunday resulting in a 1-0 loss. Thursday's match would end after two overtime periods in a scoreless draw and the first tie for the Golden Eagles this season.
Despite being nationally ranked in shot attempts, the Golden Eagles ended the game with 14 shots, seven less than their national average. Brahmbhatt recorded her second shutout of the season with six saves.
"I'm proud of the way our defense fought and stuck together after a strong Western Kentucky team continued to press us," Coach Mohammed El-Zare said. "I told the girls we need to have more precision on shots when they present themselves, but overall I'm pleased with the effort. We have one point after two games and we'll continue to improve."
The Golden Eagles travel to Huntington, West Virginia on Sunday, Sept. 24 to face Marshall.