Soccer Hosts LA Tech on Senior Day
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss soccer team returns to the pitch on Saturday, Oct. 18 as the Golden Eagles welcome Louisiana Tech to the Southern Miss Soccer Complex. The game is slated to kickoff at 1:00 p.m. and will serve as Senior Day for the Black and Gold. Southern Miss will honor its six seniors - Casey Adkins, Brooke Hendrix, Ashley Johnson, Anya Koren, Conner McKie and Missy Wentz - after the game.
Golden Eagle Soccer Falls at Louisiana Tech
A rough start proved too much for the Southern Miss soccer team to overcome Sunday as the Golden Eagles fell 2-0 to Louisiana Tech in Conference USA road action.
Southern Miss enters the weekend with a 5-8-2 overall record and a 0-4-2 clip in Conference USA play. The Golden Eagles are 4-1-2 at home in 2014. Southern Miss is 9-5-3 under head coach Mohammed El-Zare at home. Prior to a UAB goal, USM posted 4 straight home shutouts (Mississippi Valley State, W, 8-0; Jackson State, W, 5-0; Arkansas State, W, 1-0; Southern, W, 4-0). Southern Miss allowed a goal to UAB in the 51st minute, ending a streak of not allowing a goal at home at 461 minutes. The Black and Gold tied UAB and Middle Tennessee to extend the Golden Eagles' unbeaten streak at home to six games (4-0-2).
This season, thirteen (13) Southern Miss position players have scored at least one goal, while 21 players have notched one or more points. The scoring for the Golden Eagles has been balanced. Freshman Karen Torres, sophomore Breann Hedin and Adkins, a senior, lead team in points scored. Torres and Adkins have a team-best four goals scored, while Hedin leads the team squad with four assists.
The six seniors have had a tremendous impact on the 2014 team. The seniors have combined for 10 goals and eight assists for 28 total points. In addition, the senior have accounted for three of the team's five game-winning goals. The six pack has tallied 4,901 minutes combined - an average of 816.8 minutes per player. Each senior has played in at least 11 of the Golden Eagles' 15 games. Adkins, Hendrix, Johnson, Koren, McKie and Wentz have combined for 113 shots this season, including 47 shots on goal.
Entering the weekend, Adkins is two games shy of breaking into Southern Miss' career top 10 in games played, while Hendrix and Wentz are three games back. The trio should all enter the top 10 next weekend.
Hendrix has 10 career assists, tying the senior for eighth in Southern Miss' career top 10 list. She's two helpers shy of the top 5.
Defensively, sophomore Brittany Taylor leads team with 0.95 goals against average. She ranks second all-time in Southern Miss history with 1.44 career GAA. Taylor is 2-4-2 on the year with a pair of shutouts. She leads the team with 44 saves. Taylor has been assisted between the posts by freshman Shelby Presnell. The rookie has recorded three wins, including two shutouts. She currently ranks 10th in Southern Miss' career wins. Presnell and Taylor have combined for 77 saves, while getting a pair of stops by teammates.
The defense has been anchored all season by a pair of sophomores - Adriana Garcia and Kay Kay Hypolite. The duo have played and started all 15 games for the Golden Eagles this year and helped the team to four shutouts. The defensive tandem have assisted Taylor and Presnell in recording 79 saves and allowing just 27 goals for a 1.73 goals against average as a team. The GAA would rank eighth in school history.
Scouting the Opposition:
Louisiana Tech enters the weekend with a 10-5-1 overall record and a 2-4-0 mark in the league. Saturday's game will be the fourth straight season LA Tech and Southern Miss meet on the pitch and the fifth time overall. The Golden Eagles won the first meeting in 2006. The second meeting was a scoreless draw, but the Lady Techsters have won the past two meetings giving them an edge in the series.