Oct. 5, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss head coach Scott Ebke used timely subs and Jordan Wagner got an early goal to give the Golden Eagles their first conference victory of the season with a 2-0 victory over SMU on Friday at the Southern Miss Soccer Complex.
The game also served as the team's annual Pink Out game, with proceeds from t-shirt sales and a silent auction going to the Waiting For A Cure Foundation to benefit breast cancer research.
"I'm proud of the effort by the team because we fought all the way to the end to knock off a very good program," said Ebke. "It was definitely a team win all the way to the end, and again, I'm just extremely proud of our team and their effort today."
The Golden Eagles (4-6-1, 1-3-0) were able to get ahead in the 16th minute when Natasha Lombardo caught Wagner running open down the left flank. Wagner received the service just outside the 18-yard box, took two steps inside to get an open shot before burying it in the far right upper corner.
In the final 25 minutes of the half, SMU (5-6-1, 1-2-2) outshot Southern Miss 5-1 but were fanned off each time by a stout Eagle defense.
In the second half, the Mustangs turned up the attack, outshooting Southern Miss 10-6 in the frame but were turned away each time.
Junior keeper Lindsey Schwaner came up with four big saves in the second half, including a pair of diving saves to her right to maintain the shutout.
As SMU attempted to rally, sending multiple players forward, Ebke elected to substitute his players early to keep fresh legs on the field to mount a counter attack.
The counter attack proved beneficial as Danica Roberts, who had an earlier shot save, found the back of the net for the insurance goal in the 88th minute, receiving a service into the penalty area from Chelsea Cruthirds.
Southern Miss will return to action on Sunday when they host Tulsa in conference action at 1 p.m. Admission to all Southern Miss games is free.