Oct. 17, 2013
|Friday, October 18
|| at UTSA||7:00 p.m. CT||Live Stats||Tickets|
|Sunday, October 20||at Louisiana Tech||1:00 p.m. CT||Live Stats||Free|
This week, the Southern Miss women's soccer team takes to the road for a pair of Conference USA matches, the first of which is a 7 p.m. visit to a hot UTSA on Friday in San Antonio, Texas.
It will be another match against a quality opponent for the Golden Eagles, who are still alive in the hunt for the C-USA tournament.
"We're excited," coach Mohammed El-Zare said. "UTSA is a good team that has performed well but we feel we are up to the challenge. We've shown that we can play well on the road this season. We've had good performances and put good soccer on the field away from home. We've really been playing hard and giving ourselves opportunities to win lately. This weekend we are looking to finish and get a good result for our hard work."
The Roadrunners (3-10-1, 2-2-1 Conference USA) had a rough start to their season but have won two of their last four after registering a 2-0 win over Rice and a 2-1 win over Old Dominion with losses of 2-0 to Charlotte and 4-2 to North Texas.
In its most recent matches, Southern Miss (6-5-4, 0-3-2 Conference USA) played Marshall to a 0-0, double-overtime tie and dropped a 3-0 decision to Rice.
"The girls are playing and practicing with a lot of confidence," El-Zare said. "Their spirits are high. They are a resilient bunch. We are confident that we will put it all together this weekend."
The Golden Eagles have scored 38 goals while allowing 19 on the year. UTSA has scored nine goals and allowed 25.
Southern Miss, as it has through most of the season, boasts to the top offensive weapon in the conference in senior Danica Roberts, who leads C-USA in both goals (12) and points (27).
Junior Brooke Hendrix is second in the conference with six assists.
Golden Eagles keeper and true freshman Brittany Taylor remains atop the conference in both total saves (75) and save percentage (.862).
The Roadrunners' top offensive performer has been Taylor Wingerden with two goals and an assist. Kauwela Neal and Anissa Munson have added two goals apiece.
UTSA goalie Bubba Makela has made 66 saves, which is second only to Taylor in Conference USA, and is 10th best in C-USA with a .767 save percentage.
The Golden Eagles will wrap their Conference USA road trip on Sunday at 1 p.m. with a visit to Louisiana Tech.