Soccer Drops Game to Monarchs in Heavy Rain
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The Southern Miss women's soccer team fought hard through torrential rain in Hattiesburg, but were unable to equalize in a 1-0 loss against Old Dominion. The Golden Eagles are now 2-6-3 for the season and 0-2-0 in Conference USA play.
Sophomore Beth Coleman stepped up for the Golden Eagles as a dynamic attacking player. Coleman led the team in shots with three, including two on frame and one that went inches over the bar.
The conditions took a toll on the speed and possession of the game, but both teams looked unfazed as they slugged it out at the Southern Miss Soccer Complex.
There were no goals in the first half. Old Dominion had the advantage in shots, earning nine compared to the Golden Eagles' three. The first half's best opportunity for Southern Miss came in the 22nd minute, when Coleman's strike from 50 yards out sailed just over the crossbar and hit the top of the net. Other shots came from Stephanie Garcia and Kierstin Bradley.
Goalkeeper Brittany Taylor made four saves in the first half.
The Golden Eagles had seven shots in the second half, including three good opportunities on goal. Just one minute after the whistle, Hannah Abrams headed one over the bar. Also earning shots in the second half were Mary Kate Smith (with two), Coleman, Garcia and Becky McMullan.
The game's first and only goal was from Old Dominion's Madison Hogan in the 57th minute. Iris Achterhof slipped a through ball between two Southern Miss defenders and Hogan was there to put it low past Taylor from six yards out.
With 45 seconds left in the game, Ashton Stennis made a run up the left side and played a fantastic serve to the far post. Garcia was able to get a head on it but, for the third time in the game, it went just above the crossbar.
Taylor ended the match with nine saves. In just her third season, she now ranks second all-time in career saves (251) for Southern Miss.
The Golden Eagles return to conference play at home on Friday, Oct. 2 when they host Charlotte at 4:00 p.m. at the Soccer Complex.