Sept. 13, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss women's soccer team will close out the non-conference portion of their regular season schedule with a 4 p.m. match-up with Sun Belt Conference foe Arkansas State on Friday at the Southern Miss Soccer Complex.
This is the first-ever matchup between the two schools though Southern Miss (2-3-1) holds a 10-3-1 record against teams in the SBC.
Southern Miss fell to regional foes South Alabama and Mississippi State last weekend and looks to regain their attacking form against the Red Wolves (5-2). Danica Roberts has paced the Golden Eagles on that end this season, with a team-best two goals and seven shots on goal. Five other Golden Eagles have at least a goal to call their own.
Arkansas State will leave Jonesboro for the first time this month after enjoying a three-game homestand to begin September during which they won all three matches. The Friday match will be the first of a four-game road swing for the squad.
Christina Fink and Jena Kelley lead the Red Wolves with eight points on the year while Aja Aguirre has been the team's starter between the pipes in 2012.
For the Golden Eagles, stellar keeper play from junior Lindsey Schwaner has been the storyline as the Mandeville, La., native has come up with 28 saves on the year and has one shutout.
"We've had a great week of training," said coach Scott Ebke. "Our team is excited about getting back to play in front of their home crowd. We had a tremendous turnout for our last game and that really motivates our team to play at an even higher level."
The Golden Eagles last enjoyed their home crowd on Sept. 3 when they defeated Louisiana-Monroe in front of 400 fans.
Admission to all soccer matches is free for all ages.