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Soccer Opens Conference Play Friday

Breann Hedin

Sept. 26, 2013

The Southern Miss women's soccer team had its best nonconference showings since 2003. Now, the Golden Eagles will look to build upon that success as they begin their 2013 Conference USA schedule.

The first conference match for Southern Miss is Friday at 7 p.m. in Denton, Texas, versus the North Texas Mean Green.

Mohammed El-Zare said. "Everybody is 0-0 now. The first phase of our season was great but now we have to start again and focus on each game. We've said it all year. Everything is one game at a time. Our focus now must be on North Texas."

This will be the first meeting of the Southern Miss and the Mean Green in women's soccer.

In North Texas, the Golden Eagles (6-2-2) face a team that has a near identical record in nonconference showings, 6-3, and a squad that has been even more stingy on defense.

Southern Miss has allowed just 13 goals on the year while the Mean Green has allowed nine.

Both teams are coming off of losses on Sunday, the Golden Eagles having lost 6-0 to Auburn and North Texas having fallen 2-1 in overtime to Oklahoma State.

The similarities between North Texas and Southern Miss don't stop there. Both squads have been electric on offense and boast top scorers who rank among the elite of Conference USA.

Southern Miss' Danica Roberts leads Conference USA in goals scored (11) total points (25) while the Mean Green's Rachel Holden is second in both categories with 10 goals and 20 points.

In goal, North Texas has been led by Haley Riley (5-1), who has made 21 saves in seven game appearances.

Southern Miss has employed the use of freshman keep Brittany Taylor (3-2-2) and redshirt senior Lindsey Schwaner (3-0). Taylor has made 32 saves and Schwaner nine over the course of the season.

Following the match with North Texas, the Golden Eagles will continue their Texas road trip with a visit to El Paso and UTEP on Sunday.

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