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Soccer Falls in Close Match Versus Tulsa

Chelsea Cruthirds

Oct. 4, 2013

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HATIESBURG, Miss. - A gutsy effort by the Golden Eagles came up just short in a Friday Conference USA match with Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane edged Southern Miss 1-0.

A 57th-minute goal by Lana Bermel was the difference as Tulsa (8-3-1, 2-0-1 Conference USA) held off a spirited effort to pull even by Southern Miss (6-4-3, 0-2-1).

"Tulsa is a quality team that played great soccer today," Southern Miss coach Mohammed El-Zare said. "Our hats are off to them. I thought that all of our girls played as hard as they could and really challenged Tulsa on defense and offense. The effort was there, we just came up short.

"I felt like the match was even for the most part. But someone had to score and, unfortunately for us, it was Tulsa. The ball doesn't always bounce your way. Today Tulsa got the win and we congratulate them."

It was a match played in a heavy downpour in the first half and soggy field in the second. Southern Miss still managed to make several threatening runs late in the game but were ultimately unable to connect on an equalizer goal.

Freshman keeper Brittany Taylor (3-4-3) put in a solid match, making 10 saves, six in the rain-soaked first half and four in the second. Tulsa goalie Haley Harryman (8-3-1) got the win.

Southern Miss returns to action Sunday at 1 p.m. with another Conference USA home match. The Golden Eagles will host Marshall as a part of "Breast Cancer Awareness Day."

The first 250 fans will receive a pink breast cancer awareness t-shirt and the Pink Ribbon Fund will be on hand collecting donations and presenting important information about the fight against breast cancer.

Donations, while greatly appreciated, are not mandatory and there is no cost to attend the match.

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