Oct. 2, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A pair of special events have been scheduled in conjunction with Southern Miss Soccer's Conference USA home matches this Friday and Sunday.
Friday at 4 p.m., prior to the Golden Eagles taking on Tulsa, the faculty and staff of Southern Miss will be honored on the field for "Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day."
Sunday at 1 p.m., as Southern Miss hosts Marshall on the pitch, fans can take part in "Breast Cancer Awareness Day."
The first 250 fans will receive a pink, breast cancer awareness t-shirt and the Pink Ribbon Fund will be on hand collecting donations and presenting important information about the fight against breast cancer.
Donations, while greatly appreciated, are not mandatory and there is no cost to attend either home match.
Once the action starts on Friday, the Southern Miss women will have another top-tier conference opponent with which to contend in the Golden Hurricane.
Tulsa enters the match 7-3-1 overall and 1-0-1 in conference. Southern Miss enters 6-3-3 overall and 0-1-1 in conference.
It will be an interesting match-up of high-powered offense versus stingy defense.
The Golden Eagles, with 38 goals in 12 games, are the fifth-most prolific offense in the nation but the Golden Hurricane has been greedy on defense, allowing just six goals over 11 matches with the 18th-best goals-against-average in the nation (.528).
Southern Miss boasts a national top-10 goal scorer in Danica Roberts whose 12 goals tie her for third in NCAA Division I in total goals and eighth in goals-per-game average (1.00).
Conversely, Tulsa goalie Haley Harryman is ranked among the top 20 in the nation in goals-against-average (.538) and the top 35 in save percentage (.857).
The Golden Eagles defense has its own standout keeper. Freshman Brittany Taylor ranks No. 32 in the nation in save percentage (.862) and has made 50 saves on the year.
Southern Miss has held opponents to 15 goals on the year and has shut out five.
Tulsa, which as a team has scored 18 goals, is led in scoring by Bradi Hinch with six goals. Claire Nicholson and Camille Pelley have three goals apiece.