Sept. 18, 2013
HATTIESURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss women's soccer match versus Alcorn State, scheduled for Friday at 4 p.m., will take place on time but at a unique location.
Due to facility upgrades underway at the Bell Soccer Complex, Friday's match will now be held at Tatum Park, which is located southwest of campus in Hattiesburg at 101 Parkway Drive. Detailed directions to Tatum Park can be found at this link.
Live stats of the match will be available via SouthernMiss.com.
The first 100 fans at Friday's match will receive a free Southern Miss "Rise To The Top" spirit band. The Southern Miss Army ROTC will present the colors for the National Anthem. There is no cost of admission.
Once the match begins, the Golden Eagles (5-1-2) will be faced with an Alcorn State team that is 0-3 but coming of its best showing of the season, a 2-1 loss at the hands of McMurry. In its previous matches, Alcorn State lost 9-0 to Southeastern Louisiana and 6-0 to Nicholls State.
"This is another match that we will have to be mentally ready for," coach Mohammed El-Zare said. "We've got to continue to build and improve on what we've done the last few weeks. Hopefully, we will continue to see positive performances from all of our players and entertain our great fans."
The Golden Eagles, who have already equaled or bettered their season records from 2008-2012, have been on a tear in the first half of the season. A 5-1-2 start is the team's best in a decade. In 2003, Southern Miss went 6-1-1 over its first eight matches.
The secret to this year's emergence has been a commitment to defense - opponents have only managed six goals - and a high-energy, quick-strike offense.
The Golden Eagles have already scored 27 goals, an average of 3 1/3 goals per game.
That total, still with more than half a season to play, is greater than the team's total goal output in any season since 2004.
The last time Southern Miss was this prolific in goals scored was 2003, when the team produced 38 total goals.
Roberts has scored nine goals and accounted for 20 points. She leads Conference USA in points and is tied for first in goals scored with Rachel Holden of North Texas.
Hendrix has 12 points on four goals and four assists and is ranked third in the conference in points scored.
This will be Southern Miss' last home match until Oct. 4. The Golden Eagles travel to Auburn on Sunday before opening conference play at North Texas on Sept. 27 and at UTEP on Sept. 29.
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