Oct. 12, 2012
EL PASO, Texas - Southern Miss opened the first half of their final road swing of the season with a 3-1 defeat to Conference USA foe UTEP on Friday at University Field.
The Miners (10-6, 3-4 C-USA) struck first in the 26th minute as Tess Hall got her ninth goal of the season by way of a penalty kick after the Golden Eagles (4-8-1, 1-5 C-USA) committed a foul in the penalty area.
Southern Miss was outshot by one of C-USA's most potent offenses 22-10, including a 12-4 advantage for the Miners in the first half. UTEP finished the game with 10 shots on frame to three for Southern Miss.
UTEP added their second goal of the match in the 52nd minute as Brittany Kindzierski received a thru-ball from Hall on a partial breakaway.
In the 84th minute, the Miners added another late goal off the foot of Gina Soto with an assist from Taylor Kidd - her first of the season.
The Golden Eagles threatened late and Brooke Hendrix got her first goal of the season on a Kimberly Belmont and Chelsea Cruthirds double assist. UTEP held on, though, for the victory.
Lindsey Schwaner finished the game with seven saves, tying her season high for 2012.
Southern Miss returns to action on Sunday when they play their final road game of the season at Colorado College. Game time is set for 1 p.m. in Colorado Springs.