Sep 7, 2013
HATTIESURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss women's soccer team will enter its home match with in-state foe Mississippi State possessing high spirits and an eye for improvement.
Less the 48 hours after the Golden Eagles' hard-fought overtime loss to South Alabama, the 2-2 Bulldogs come calling Sunday at 1 p.m.
"We have put the loss (to South Alabama) behind us and are focusing on Mississippi State," head coach Mohammed El-Zare said. "We have to take the lessons we learned against South Alabama, the good and the bad, and improve for our next match."
Mississippi State, which had its Friday match at Southeastern Louisiana cancelled, has won two of its last three matches, having defeated Arkansas State 4-0 and Florida Atlantic 3-1 before losing 2-1 to Florida Gulf Coast last Sunday.
The Bulldogs have been paced on offense by Elisabeth Sullivan, who has five goals on the year.
Southern Miss (3-1-1) continues to get solid work from senior Danica Roberts, who has six goals including two in her most recent match.
Defensively, the Golden Eagles have allowed just six combined goals on the year, five in regulation, and have outscored opponents 11-3 in home matches.
"The girls have shown a lot of maturity this year and are getting better every day," El-Zare said. "We have continued to play soccer and that's what we want our fans to see when they come out to support us, a team playing soccer. We are possessing the ball, making quality passes, getting good shots and playing good defense. It's not just kick and run. It's soccer played the way the game is meant to be played."
Sunday's match will feature several special treats for fans.
Thirty minutes before the match and through halftime, fans young and old will be able to interact with staff and animals from the Hattiesburg Zoo.
Throughout the match, fans can get their hands on 2013 Golden Eagle Soccer schedule posters.
Thirty minutes after the match, children 4-years-old through 8th grade will be invited onto the pitch for a soccer clinic hosted by the Southern Miss players and staff.
There is no cost to attend the match or any of the special events.