Women's Soccer Compete With No. 25 Ranked Rice
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss women's soccer drop a close 1-0 match to Conference USA's top ranked soccer team and nationally ranked (25) Rice on Sunday afternoon.
Despite being out shot both halves, the Golden Eagles created opportunities to get on board in Sunday's game. Becky McMullan led the team with two shots on goal. The first attempt came in the first half where McMullan fired a shot from the left side of the pitch that created a diving save from Maya Hoyer in goal. McMullan's second shot would come late in the second half when she tested Hoyer from the opposite side of the pitch but couldn't get find the net.
Hoyer was needed six times today in goal for the Owls. Five different Golden Eagles tested her, but none found the net. Hoyer has allowed only nine goals in 10 games in goal.
The Owls put heavy pressure on the Golden Eagles defense for a good portion of the match especially in the first half where they were able to get 11 shots off. Ashton Stennis, Kaitlin Fayard , Katie Richmond and Caitlin Pierce all came up big on many occasions preventing break away attempts and stopped the forwards drive into the box.
The Owls wouldn't convert a shot until the 75th minute of the game. Samantha Chaiken scored her fifth goal of the season for the owls on a a shot outside the box that curled into the upper left corner past Kelly Brahmbhatt in goal. The Owls were limited to only five shots in the second.
Miah Zuazua's chip pass to Kierstin Bradley inside the box was the closest chance the Golden Eagles would find but Bradley's shot was blocked by the defenders once she got past Hoyer. The Golden Eagles continued to put pressure on the Owls' back line in the closing minutes of the came but fell short in a 1-0 loss.
The Golden Eagles fall to 6-5-1 on the season and will travel to Boca Raton to face FAU. The Owls are coming off a 1-1 tie against UAB and are 1-2-1 in conference play.