Soccer Drops Road Game with LA Tech
RUSTON, La. -- Unable to capitalize on numerous scoring opportunities, the Southern Miss women's soccer team was defeated by Louisiana Tech 2-0 on Sunday evening in Ruston, La. The Golden Eagles are now 3-7-3 and 1-3-0 in Conference USA.
Inspired by Friday's win, the Golden Eagles came out strong after the first whistle, earning three shots in the first fifteen minutes from Kiersten Bradley, Mary Kate Smith and Breann Hedin. Smith and Rikke Randrup added two more scoring opportunities before half.
The Southern Miss defense limited Louisiana Tech to four shots before halftime, and goalkeeper Brittany Taylor made just one save to keep the score 0-0.
The game's first goal came in the 51st minute. Louisiana Tech's Kathryn Sloan was first to a long ball played over the Southern Miss backline by Annabel Prior. Sloan slipped the ball past Taylor for her sixth goal of the season.
Smith continued her offensive hustle in the second half, getting two more shots, but was unable to find an equalizer. Ashton Stennis also added two shots in the final 45 minutes.
As the Golden Eagles were pressing forward to even the score, the Techsters were able to steal another goal in the 87th minute. Sloan won a 50/50 ball served from Charity Simmons and beat Taylor one on one for her second goal of the match (and seventh of the season).
Southern Miss had its final chance of the game when Allie Baumhower headed a corner from Smith just over the crossbar in the 88th minute.
In the end, Louisiana Tech edged the Golden Eagles in shots 12-10. Taylor made four saves in the game, bringing her season total to 71.
The Golden Eagles return to conference play next weekend with two games on the road. Southern Miss takes on FIU at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9 in Miami, before traveling to Boca Raton to play Florida Atlantic on Sunday at noon.