Oct. 21, 2011
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - In their return home after two weeks on the road, the Southern Miss women's soccer team fell 3-0 to No. 9 Memphis on Friday at the Southern Miss Soccer Complex.
The Golden Eagles (3-12-3, 0-8-1 C-USA) fell behind in the ninth minute as Rasheeda Ansari found Melissa Smith six yards away from the net in traffic. Smith stepped to her right and then sent the ball across the frame into the bottom left corner to put the Tigers (16-0-1, 8-0-1 C-USA) up 1-0.
It proved to be the game winner as Memphis remained unbeaten on the year.
"Memphis is a very, very talented squad," said coach Scott Ebke. "There is a reason they are ranked as highly as they are."
Christabel Oduro added to the lead in the 17th minute as Smith was able to locate her in the box for the 2-0 lead.
Southern Miss held the Tigers scoreless for the remainder of the half and came out energized in the second half, a sight Ebke was happy to see.
"We played a much more spirited second half," said Ebke. "A lot of the things they were doing to get us out of position were slowed down and I was pleased with the effort overall."
Memphis was able to get another goal off the foot of Kelley Gravlin who blasted a shot from 20 yards out into the upper portion of the frame.
Southern Miss will return to the pitch on Sunday as they have a 1 p.m. kickoff scheduled with C-USA foe UAB. Sunday's match will also serve as Senior Day as well as Blake Nettles Day.
Admission to all Southern Miss Soccer matches is free.