Golden Eagle Soccer Plays Marshall to Tie
Solid defensive effort leads to solid showing against quality opponent.
Oct. 6, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - It has become old hat for the Golden Eagles. Sunday, for the seventh time this season, Southern Miss soccer went into extra sessions, this time playing Marshall to a 0-0 tie in double overtime.
It was among the better defensive showings for Southern Miss (6-4-4, 0-1-2 Conference USA) this season as the Golden Eagles forced Marshall (6-4-2, 1-2-1 Conference USA) to settle for disadvantageous shots throughout the match.
"We played a solid defensive game," Southern Miss coach Mohammed El-Zare said. "I thought we were very well organized with our backs and midfielders. On paper, they took more shots than us but if you look at the types of shots our defense allowed, they were 30- and 40-yard attempts or shots with defenders nearby forcing the player to take a shot she was less comfortable with, which was exactly what we wanted.
"Obviously, we would have preferred to win, but we will take this tie against a quality opponent. We take a few days to recuperate and come back with a renewed energy."
The Herd to 26 total shots but just six were on goal and freshman keeper Brittany Taylor, with an assist of a back line of Danielle Beatty, Adriana Garcia, Kay Kay Hypolite and Casey Adkins, was able to turn Marshall away empty handed.
"Our back line did another superb job," El-Zare said. "They've done it all year. It was a great effort. Brittany Taylor is just an amazing kid and an amazing keeper. Not only does she bring the physical tools to the position that we need, she brings a confidence that I think spreads to the entire team."
Offensively, the Golden Eagles got off 14 shots, five on goal, most of which came late in the contest. Two shots in particular, both off the foot of senior Danica Roberts, came within inches of giving Southern Miss the win.
Also in on the action was junior Brooke Hendrix, the second-leading scorer for the Golden Eagles who has been battling injury for more than two weeks. Hendrix managed to get a pair of shots off and also to establish her presence in the midfield.
"I can't say enough good things about Danica," El-Zare said. "She showed great leadership out there for us today as she has all year. And we were excited to get Brooke back at full health. We missed her presence and leadership on the field."
Southern Miss returns to action at noon on Saturday with a Conference USA home match against Rice.