Sept. 23, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - In their second conference match of the season, the Southern Miss women's soccer team fell 5-2 to the defending conference champion Memphis Tigers at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex on Sunday.
The Golden Eagles (3-5-1, 0-2 C-USA) fell behind quickly in the first half as the Tigers mounted a fierce attack to go up 3-0.
"We just did not come out strong in the first half and played on our heels," said coach Scott Ebke. "Memphis is a tremendous team and they did not miss their opportunities, bottom line."
Southern Miss got the first shot of the game in the first minute of action, but Danica Roberts' attempt was blocked. Three Golden Eagle corner kicks in the first two minutes also proved fruitless as the Memphis defense stood firm.
Taylor Isenhower got her first goal of the season to put the Tigers (6-3, 2-0) up 1-0 in the 18th minute. Nine minutes later, Natalia Gomez-Junco, on an assist from Christabel Oduro, made it a 2-0 game from nine yards out.
The Golden Eagles were able to subdue the Tigers, who blasted 17 shots in the first half, until late in the half when Kylie Davis scored her fifth goal of the year, and what proved to be the game winner, in the 42nd minute.
After re-grouping at the half, the Golden Eagles played the final 45 minutes strong and match the Tigers' pace.
After Memphis went up 4-0 on Oduro's first goal of the day, Tricia Tillman put Southern Miss on the board from a Missy Wentz assist in the 52nd minute. The goal snapped a six-game scoreless streak for the Golden Eagles who had been shutout by the Tigers in each game since 2006.
Oduro scored her second goal just three minutes later but Harley Oliver brought the margin back to three in the 76th minute after receiving a through ball from Mary Margaret Underwood from outside of the penalty area.
"Overall, I was pleased with the way we responded after halftime," Ebke added. "We put ourselves behind to eight-ball, so to speak, by allowing them to get ahead in the first half. We're looking forward to come home where we play seven of our final nine games"
The Golden Eagles are back in action on Friday, Sept. 28 when they host C-USA foe Rice at 4 p.m. at the Southern Miss Soccer Complex.