Aug 31, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss women's soccer team will face one of the tougher challenges of its non-conference schedule Sunday afternoon. It will be a battle of unbeaten squads when the Golden Eagles (2-0-1) host Southeastern Louisiana (3-0) at 4 p.m.
In the Lions, Southern Miss faces an opponent that went 12-7-1 in 2012 en route to a first-round win in the Southland Conference tournament.
"It's a tough match," coach Mohammed El-Zare said. "This is a team that has had a lot of success in the Southland Conference and has been to the Southland Conference tournament. They are a more seasoned team than some of the opponents we've faced. We will have to show the same intensity that we showed (Friday) against Arkansas-Pine Bluff."
The Golden Eagles enter the contest on the heels of back-to-back lopsided shutouts having defeated Mississippi Valley State 6-0 last weekend and Arkansas-Pine Bluff 8-0 in Friday evening's home opener.
A quartet of upperclassmen has paced the Southern Miss attack. Senior Danica Roberts has already scored four goals while senior Chelsea Cruthirds and junior Brooke Hendrix have added three goals apiece and senior Mischa Tice has scored one goal to go with three assists.
The pairing of keepers Lindsey Schwaner and Brittney Taylor has combined to allow just two goals thus far on the year.
Southeastern Louisiana enters with a similar record of success having defeated Jackson State 3-1, Louisiana-Lafayette 2-1 and Mississippi Valley State 7-0.
Kelsey Salcido has been the Lions' most productive player having scored three goals and dished out two assists. Casey Peacock, Katie Noonan and Amber Lasher have two goals apiece.
Last year, the Golden Eagles bested the Lions 1-0 in Hammond, La.