Oct. 21, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - East Carolina took advantage of two early opportunities and jumped out to a 2-0 lead to hold off Southern Miss on Sunday in Conference USA women's soccer action, 3-1, at the Southern Miss Soccer Complex.
The day produced a total of 23 combined shots from both teams and 11 total corner kicks.
"You have to give East Carolina credit today. They converted their opportunities when they needed to," said fourth-year head coach Scott Ebke. "I was pleased with our speed and energy level today, and Lindsey Schwaner made some spectacular saves for us, but we have to take better advantage of our chances going forward."
East Carolina went up 1-0 when Caty Butler found Chrissy Gratz open 20 yards out. Gratz was able to maneuver around Southern Miss keeper Lindsey Schwaner to find the open net in the 7th minute.
The Pirates (9-6-3, 5-2-3 C-USA) added what proved to be their game winner five minutes later when Hali Oughton drew a penalty kick and slipping it into the lower left corner.
After the half, Butler made it a 3-0 game in the 61st minute as Kendall Frey and Gratz combined on the assist to get her streaking across the face of the goal. Butler made an acrobatic lunge at the ball while running right to send it back across the frame into the left corner.
Southern Miss continued to mount a furious rally and broke onto the scoreboard when Kimberly Belmont was fouled in the penalty area to send Danica Roberts to the line. Roberts rocketed the kick straight on and past keeper Christiane Cordero to make it a 3-1 game.
The Golden Eagles pressured Cordero in the final minutes but were unable to cut into the lead any more.
Southern Miss returns to the field for their final two games next weekend when they host nationally-ranked UCF on Friday at 4 p.m. and Houston on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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