Soccer Ends Season on High Note with Win
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- With a breakout performance from junior Breann Hedin, the Southern Miss women's soccer team ended the 2015 season with a bang, defeating UAB, 3-2, in Birmingham on Friday night. The Golden Eagles head into the offseason with a 5-11-3 (3-7-0 C-USA) record.
At the 2:44 mark, junior Somer Jones scored off an assist from Mary Kate Smith to put the Golden Eagles on top early. The goal was Jones' third of the season, making her the team's second leading goal scorer behind Kierstin Bradley. Mary Kate Smith earned her third assist of the season.
Just seconds after the Blazers kicked off following the goal, UAB's Paige Hanks was able to slip one past Southern Miss keeper Brittany Taylor to equalize. The assist came from Kasey Johnson. Three minutes into the match, the score was tied 1-1.
The Golden Eagles were able to get on the board again in the 40th minute, when Hedin scored her first goal of the season unassisted.
Southern Miss led the first half in shots with seven (four on goal) to UAB's four (one on goal).
The teams continued to battle in the second half, with the Golden Eagles striking first again. In the 53rd minute, Hedin scored her second goal of the game from yet another assist from Smith. Hedin nabbed her second goal of the year while Smith earned her fourth assist.
UAB answered back in the 65th minute, when Hanks scored again for the Blazers off an assist from Sarah Morris.
Hedin nearly had a third goal at the 80:22 mark, when another one of her shots hit the post.
In the second half, Southern Miss successfully defended six corners from the Blazers, and with the help of Taylor's five saves, held off UAB's ten shots. Taylor ends the 2015 season with 98 total saves.
At the end of the season, freshman Bradley led the Golden Eagles with ten points (five goals). In the final game, Smith's two assists put her in second in points with eight (two goals, four assists), while Hedin's two goals put her in third with seven (two goals, three assists). With the game's first goal, Jones ends the season fourth in points with six (three goals).