Oct. 2, 2011
Mischa Tice's 35th minute equalizer propelled Southern Miss (3-7-3, 0-2-1 C-USA) to a strong finish in the first half, but it wasn't enough as UTEP got two second half goals to take the victory, 3-1, on Sunday at the Southern Miss Soccer Complex.
The match was also the annual "Pink Out" game. Southern Miss donned pink jerseys which were auctioned off for the "Waiting for a Cure" Foundation which provides support and funding for breast cancer research.
Macie Wallace sent her throw in to the 18-yard box and found Brooke Hendrix in space to set up the Tice chance. Hendrix was able to chip the ball into the air, drawing UTEP keeper Sarah Dilling off her line as the ball sailed through a group and to the head of Tice, who buried her second goal of the year.
The goal knotted the match up at 1-1 after Katie Dorman put the Miners (9-3-1, 3-1-0 C-USA) up 1-0.
Southern Miss went into the break the clear aggressor, including another one-on-one attempt from Tice that Dilling was barely able to push away.
But after the break, UTEP came out with two quick goals from Azia Nicholson and Lauren Katada to put the game out of reach.
"They clearly wanted it more than we did in the second half," said coach Scott Ebke. "In the first half, I was very pleased with the way we moved the ball and executed but the second half was a different situation. This is a game of chances and they made the most of theirs that half."
The Golden Eagles had their opportunities, putting six of their 11 shots on frame, including a 30-yarder from freshman defender Conner McKie that was timed perfectly by Dilling who punched it over the crossbar.
"We need to regroup and get ready for another pair of tough conference opponents next weekend," added Ebke. "Going on the road is never easy and East Carolina and Marshall are two very strong teams."
Southern Miss travels to Greenville, N.C., on Friday for a 6 p.m. kickoff and then to Huntington, W.V., on Sunday for a 12 p.m. start.
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