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Soccer Eagles Begin Two-Game Conference Homestand Friday

Sept. 28, 2012

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss will host a pair of conference foes this weekend as they begin a stretch of seven of their final nine games at home when Rice and Houston come to the Hub City.

The Golden Eagles (3-5-1, 0-2 C-USA) and Rice (5-4-2, 2-0) will kickoff at 4 p.m. on Friday while the Cougars (4-4-2, 0-0-2) come to town for a 1 p.m. kickoff on Sunday.

"The conference schedule is always challenging," said coach Scott Ebke. "We play a very tough non-conference schedule to prepare our team for these games, and we have put in a great week of training to get ready for this weekend."

The Last Meeting
Southern Miss1
October 16, 2011
Houston, Texas
Soccer Golden Eagles Fall to Rice on Sunday
Mischa Tice scored her third goal of the season, off a Shelbi Moeller assist, as the Golden Eagles fell 3-1 to Rice on Sunday in Houston.

The Last Meeting
Southern Miss0
October 14, 2011
Houston, Texas
Golden Eagle Soccer Downed at Houston
Junior Jordan Wagner fired off two shots and freshman Conner McKie added another but Southern Miss (3-10-3, 0-6-1) fell to Houston (5-10, 2-5), 2-0, on Friday.

Both the Cougars and the Owls have avoided defeat in their previous three games. Houston has opened the conference schedule with a pair of draws to SMU and Tulsa while the Owls defeated both the Mustangs and Golden Hurricane.

Rice is led by a pair of strikers who have tallied 11 goals between themselves in Holly Hargreaves (6) and Lauren Hughes (5). In goal, Amy Czyz had carried the bulk of the load, working 971 minutes and allowing just 13 goals this season (1.20 per game).

Houston features an equally dangerous attack in a trio of goal scorers. Jasmine Martinez, Kayla Walker and Katelyn Rhodes have put up 10 goals this season for the Cougars and combined for 21 shots on goals. Of Martinez's 19 shots on the season, 12 have been on frame so she will be a key matchup for the Golden Eagle defense.

For the Golden Eagles, junior transfer Danica Roberts has provided an immediate offensive spark up top, contributing three goals. Junior Chelsea Cruthirds and senior Jordan Wagner have maintained their consistent pressure on goal this season, taking a combined 27 shots with four assists between the pair.

In goal, junior keeper Lindsey Schwaner has worked 828 minutes and given up just 14 goals (1.52 per game) and will look to keep form this weekend.

All home matches are held at the Southern Miss Soccer Complex off East Fourth street and admission to all matches is free.

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