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Soccer Eagles Fall in Overtime to UTEP

Somer Jones

Sept. 29, 2013

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EL PASO, Texas - Sunday, in what has developed into a trend in 2013, Southern Miss Soccer found itself in an overtime game in. Just two days after playing North Texas to an overtime draw, the Golden Eagles fell 1-0 to UTEP in the second Conference USA match for both teams.

The match remained scoreless until the 93rd minute when the Miners' Azia Nicholson sent an attempt at Southern Miss keeper Brittany Taylor. While Taylor was able to stave off the first attempt with a deflection, Nicholson scored with a header off the resulting bounce.

That score ended the match on a "golden goal" and resulted in a 6-3-3 overall record and an 0-1-1 conference mark for the Golden Eagles. UTEP improved to 8-3-1overall and 1-1 in conference.

Taylor (3-3-3) had a great showing on the day, making six saves to bring her total for the week to 18.

Sunday's contest was Southern Miss' third consecutive road game versus a top-notch opponent.

A week ago, the Golden Eagles faced traditional SEC power Auburn. On Friday, it was a North Texas side that held wins over both over Oklahoma and TCU of the Big 12 and had recently played a Top-10 team, Wake Forest of the ACC to a one-goal decision. Half of the Golden Eagles' 12 matches have gone to extra time this year and Southern Miss is 1-2-3 in such contests.

This match marked the end of a three-game road trip for Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles' next game will be a Conference USA home-opening contest against Tulsa. That match is slated for 4 p.m. on Friday.

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