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Southern Miss Gets First-Half Goal to Defeat SMU on the Road Friday Night

Oct. 12, 2007

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DALLAS, Texas -- - Sarah McFadden collected the match's lone goal in the 35th minute to lead Southern Miss to a 1-0 women's soccer victory over SMU, Friday night, at Westcott Field.

We are delighted with the win tonight," Southern Miss coach Gail Macklin said. "You have to beat and upset big teams in the conference to go to the tournament. This is one step closer."

The Lady Eagles (6-6-0 overall, 2-1 C-USA) won for the second-straight time and captured its fourth victory over the last five matches. It was the first time since the 2000 season that Southern Miss has won consecutive league affairs.

McFadden, who tallied her team-leading fifth goal, hit an eight-foot shot off a cross from Bianca Ontiveros into the lower right corner of the net. Ontiveros tallied her first assist of the season.

"I am proud of the way our reserves play, with Bianca setting up the goal," said Macklin. "I have always said that if you can keep a shutout and take advantage of your opportunities, you will win games. We did that tonight. We have another game on Sunday and we are going to take the same attitude and intensity into that game."

The Mustangs (5-4-1, 1-2) out shot the Lady Eagles, 12-8, but six of the Eagle shots were shots on goal.

Southern Miss returns to action, Sunday, when they play at Tulsa. Match time is slated for 1 p.m.

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