Oct. 21, 2007
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- -
Southern Miss scored two goals in the second half, to defeat UTEP, 2-1, in Conference USA soccer action on Sunday afternoon.
The Lady Eagles (7-8-0, 3-3-0) closed out their home portion of their schedule with a Senior Day ceremony that saw Erin Bunyard score the game-winning goal in the 75th minute, marking her first goal this season. Bunyard missed most of the season with a head injury.
"I was absolutely delighted with the win and just the way we came out in the second half," Southern Miss Coach Gail Macklin said. "We were able to create more offensively. I couldn't have written the script any better for Erin Bunyard, who missed the majority of the season with a head injury. She is the type of athlete who will plays anywhere she is asked. We have to give some credit to her as well as the team for a good performance."
UTEP (9-6-1, 3-2-0) scored its goal in the 28th minute, when Jami Tullius took the pass from Kristin Wernimont, then beat her defender and put a shot past the goalie from 15-yards on the right side. Wernimont was credited with the assist.
The Miners limited the Lady Eagles to only five shots in the half.
Both team missed scoring opportunities early in the second half. The Lady Eagles finally got on the scoreboard in the 55th minute, when Mallory Barnes headed a ball over the goalie on a pass from Jana Mason. Mason received the ball from a cross on a corner kick by Amy Sheet.
Southern Miss scored its second goal in the 75th minute, when Bianca Ontiveros won the ball and beat her defender, then sending a pass to Bunyard down the middle of the field. Bunyard's shot glanced off the left post into the net.
The Miners out-shot Southern Miss, 21-15, on the day. Anna Fiser was credited with four saves.
Southern Miss returns to action Oct. 26 and Oct. 28, when the team travels to Memphis and UAB, respectively.