Sept. 23, 2007
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- -
Sarah McFadden and Bianca Ontiveros scored two goals each in leading Southern Miss past Alabama A&M, 5-2, in non-conference soccer action Sunday afternoon.
"I thought we controlled the match early," Head Coach Gail Macklin said. "We had a lot of shots early that put us in the lead and gave us some confidence. Unfortunately, we also missed a lot of shots and that allowed them (A&M) to get back into the match because of our mistakes."
Southern Miss (3-5-0) struck first in the 22nd minute when McFadden took a cross from Megan Kolts' corner kick and headed the ball toward the goal, but the ball hit off the leg of A&M's Joslyn Jackson and into the goal. The goal was scored as an own goal score.
A&M (1-5-1) knotted the match in the 36th minute, 1-1, when LaTisha Davis took a pass from Raquel Johnson and found the back of the goal from 15-yards out.
Not to be outdone, McFadden got loose and scored 22 seconds later on a break-away, giving the Lady Eagles a 2-1 lead. McFadden found the back of the net again, when she scored her second goal off a penalty kick in the 37th minute, giving Southern Miss a 3-1 lead heading into intermission.
"This was a good win," said Macklin. "It was good to see our team play well after the Alabama match on Friday. What we need to take away from this match, is that we have to seize our opportunities and keep our mistakes to a minimum and not allow our opponent to capitalize on our mistakes."
A&M struck first in the second half, when Ledile Matjekane scored off a penalty kick in the 68th minute, cutting the Eagles' lead to 3-2.
Freshman Bianca Ontiveros scored her first goals of the season, when she put the ball past the goalie on a direct kick from Leigh-Ann Levens in the76th minute. Ontiveros put the Eagles up, 5-2, in the 80th minute, when she found the net again off a cross pass from Jana Mason.
The Golden Eagles out-shot A&M, 22-8.
Southern Miss concludes its non-conference schedule, when the Golden Eagles host Southeastern Louisiana, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m., at the USM Soccer Complex.