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Marshall Tops Southern Miss with Late Goal

Oct. 19, 2012

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Marshall's Morgan Cain beat one defender and scored a goal in the 89th minute to give the Thundering Herd (7-9-1, 3-5-1 C-USA) a 1-0 victory over Southern Miss (4-10-1, 1-7 C-USA) on Friday at the Southern Miss Soccer Complex.

The Golden Eagles and Herd battled back and forth all evening with both squads having multiple changes to net a goal, but a pair of line clearances from the visitors kept the clean sheet going until the final minutes.

Southern Miss held a big advantage in the corner kicks, 12-4, but was never able to find the touch to close out the piece.

"I think that was the story of the game," said coach Scott Ebke. "We did not finish our opportunities when we had them."

Chelsea Cruthirds led the team with five shots while Kimberly Belmont provided an offensive spark off the bench, recording a season-high four shots, including one that was cleared off the line.

But, it wasn't enough as Cain received a through ball into the 18-yard box with one defender to beat. One physical spin move to create separation and a step inside was all she needed to get one-on-one with keeper Lindsey Schwaner - who added six big saves on Friday - to slip it into the lower right corner.

"Our team gave it all they had today, and I hate it for them because they played hard," said Ebke. "We have to rebound and get ready for a very tough East Carolina team coming in here on Sunday."

The Golden Eagles return to the field at 1 p.m. on Sunday when they host the Pirates for Blake Nettles Day. It will also be Senior Day where the team will honor their four graduating seniors: Jordan Wagner, Tricia Tillman, Caitlin Leumas and Kristen Windecker.

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