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East Carolina Downs Southern Miss, 2-1, In Soccer Conference Opener

Oct. 5, 2007

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- - The Southern Miss Lady Eagle soccer team dropped their conference opener to visiting East Carolina, 2-1, on Friday at the USM Soccer Complex.

Southern Miss (4-6-0, 0-1-0) produced several quality scoring chances in both halves, while amassing a 14-11 shot advantage for the match. The Lady Eagles produced seven shots-on-goal, while holding the Pirates (7-1-2, 1-0-0) to two.

The Pirates scored their first goal just three minutes into the first half, when Blair Heffner sent the over the head of the Southern Miss goalie, who came too far out in front of the net and couldn't get back.

"We had some costly mistakes today," Head Coach Gail Macklin said. "You can't win games against a good team when you make the mistakes like we did. However, we didn't quit and we fought back. We got a goal back."

East Carolina took a 2-0 lead, when Amanda Broz found the back of the net off a header from a throw in by Jami Dickerson in the 66th minute.

"For a larger majority of the game, I believe we were the better team and played the better soccer," said Macklin. "But, at the end of the day, you have to be disciplined. The area of concern is the back, where you have to clear everything and not make mistakes back there. Unfortunately, that cost us today."

Southern Miss finally got on the scoreboard, when Sarah McFadden punched in a shot that bounced off the goalie in the 88th minute. Megan Kolts was credited with the assist.

The Lady Eagles return to action on Sunday, hosting Marshall at 1 p.m., at the USM Soccer Complex.

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