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Soccer Eagles Have Challenge in Furman

Adriana Garcia

Sept. 14, 2013

The Golden Eagles face a game opponent in their final match of the Mississippi State tournament. Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in Starkville, Southern Miss will face the Furman Paladins.

Live stats for the match can be accessed via the Mississippi State Tournament Central page.

"We know we have to be at our best against Furman," coach Mohammed El-Zare said. "They are a very good, well-organized team. It will be a tough match but we look forward to it."

The Paladins enter the match 3-2. Their two losses have been close and at the hands of power conference opponents, a 1-0 loss to Clemson and a 2-0 defeat by Georgia.

Friday night, after Southern Miss dispatched Jackson State 4-0, Furman downed Mississippi State by an identical count.

Southern Miss has a 5-1-1 record, a win total that has already surpassed its output from 2012 and 2011.

Both teams have shown an ability to limit opponents' offense. The Golden Eagles have allowed just five goals on the year while Furman has allowed just four.

Southern Miss has shutout five of its last six opponents. The Paladins have blanked their last two foes.

Offensively, the Golden Eagles have been more prolific but Furman is no slouch. The Paladins are led in scoring by the three goals of Stephanie DeVita with five other players adding one goal apiece.

Southern Miss, which has 26 total goals, has been paced throughout the year by senior Danica Roberts, whose nine goals are tops in Conference USA.

Junior Brooke Hendrix has four goals and three assists while senior Chelsea Cruthirds and redshirt junior Missy Wentz have three goals apiece.

Both teams have employed multiple goalies this season. The Southern Miss pairing of Lindsey Schwaner (2-0) and Brittany Taylor (3-1-1) have 34 saves against five goals allowed while Furman's Rose Hull (1-1) and Maggie Grisell (2-1) have combined for 36 saves against four goals allowed.

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