Sep 4, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss women's soccer team has been on a tear early in the season and this weekend they will look to continue their success with a pair of home matches, the first of which is a Friday showdown with South Alabama at 4 p.m.
"South Alabama is another solid team," coach Mohammed El-Zare said. "They are well-coached and have had good results. We know they present us with a challenge but we are excited to meet that challenge."
In the Jaguars, Southern Miss has an opponent with a matching 3-0-1 record and a near-identical history of production in 2013.
The Golden Eagles have scored 17 goals in four matches, an average of 4.25 per game. South Alabama has scored 10 goals in four matches, an average of 2.5 per match.
The Jaguars have held opponents to a combined three goals while Southern Miss has allowed just two goals and has not surrendered a goal in three consecutive matches.
The Golden Eagles' top scorer is Danica Roberts with four goals. Lauren Allison leads South Alabama in scoring with five goals.
The Jaguars hold a 3-2 victory over Mississippi State, 1-0 decision over Louisiana Tech and a 5-0 win over Jackson State in their most-recent outing. Their tie was a 1-1 match against Nicholls State.
Southern Miss played Arkansas State to a 2-2 tie in the season opener two weeks ago and have rattled off a 6-0 win over Mississippi Valley State, an 8-0 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff and a 1-0 double-overtime win over Southeastern Louisiana.
Better, crowds at home matches have been both numerous and boisterous.
"They have been great," El-Zare said. "Our home fans have been great and have really come out to show their support. It's making this season even more special. They are our 12th man on the field."
Last year, South Alabama defeated Southern Miss 2-0 in Mobile, Ala.
The Golden Eagles will wrap their home stand on Sunday at 1 p.m. with a match against Mississippi State.