Oct. 12, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - It would have been easy to give up but the Southern Miss women's soccer team showed its character in 3-0 Conference USA loss to Rice.
Despite trailing by two at the half, the Golden Eagles (6-5-4, 0-3-2 Conference USA) kept up a valiant fight in the second half and gave themselves chances to pull even.
"I am proud of the way the we played today," coach Mohammed El-Zare said. "In the second half, particularly, we did a good job of limiting their chances and getting forward to create our own opportunities. What it came down to was they converted their chances and we were not able to.
"I am so proud of the effort and the fighting spirit we showed today. We continue to play as a team and play as hard as we can. We are going to get some positive results because of this. I have 100 percent confidence.
"Failure is an avenue toward success. I believe we will rise up. We are nearing success. If we continue to work and play like this, good results will come our way."
Rice (5-5-2, 3-2 Conference USA) scored two early goals, one in the 15th minute by Gabriela Iribarne with an assist from Lauren Hughes and a second on a penalty kick in the 18th minute by Holly Hargreaves.
Beyond that three-minute stretch, and a late-game goal by Quinny Truong, Southern Miss was every bit the equal of the Owls, keeping the pressure on the visiting team most of the match and getting 12 shots off, five on goal.
Freshman keeper Brittany Taylor (3-5-4) made nine saves in the loss while Rice keeper Amy Czyz (5-5-2) made five.
Saturday's match marked the end of a three-game home stand for the Golden Eagles, who next visit UTSA on Friday followed by a Sunday trip to Louisiana Tech.
Southern Miss returns home Oct. 25 and 27 for its final home matches of 2013, games against East Carolina and Old Dominion respectively.
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