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Soccer Concludes Season in San Antonio

Adriiana Garcia
Oct. 29, 2014

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss soccer team concludes the 2014 season with a Conference USA game at UTSA on Thursday evening at the Park West Athletics Complex in San Antonio, Texas.

The Golden Eagles enter the finale with a 5-10-3 overall record and a 0-6-3 mark in C-USA play. The Roadrunners are 5-10-2 overall with a 1-7-1 clip in league play.

Southern Miss and UTSA have met one time previously in school history, last season with the Roadrunners claiming a 3-0 victory.

The Last Meeting
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UTSA3
October 18, 2013
San Antonio, Texas
Soccer Falls at UTSA
But for a four-minute span in the second half, the Southern Miss soccer team was the equal of host UTSA. However, a brief lapse proved enough to open the door for the Roadrunners as the Golden Eagles fell 3-0 in Conference USA play.


Last season, the Black and Gold were the equal of host UTSA, minus a four-minute span in the second half. However, a brief lapse proved enough to open the door for the Roadrunners as the Golden Eagles fell 3-0 in Conference USA play. The match was tied 0-0 at the break but UTSA scored two goals early in the second session.

The Golden Eagles were resilient throughout the match and kept up the pressure to create opportunities at a comeback but luck was not on the side of Southern Miss. Golden Eagle keeper Brittany Taylor faced an aggressive Roadrunner side with skill, registering 11 saves on the night including warding off four shots in one minute of game time in the second half.

As the season comes to a close, several players on the team are approaching individual season and career milestones.

Senior Brooke Hendrix needs to play the entire game against the Roadrunners to enter the top 10 for minutes played in a season. She currently has 1,591 minutes and is just 89 minutes shy of tying Souhaila McReynolds (1997-00) for 10th all-time with 1,680 minutes, set in 1998. Hendrix has 10 career assists, tying her for eighth in the career annals. She is one helper shy of tying Jana Mason (2007-10) for seventh and two shy of tying three players for fourth all-time. Hendrix, who has started every game this season, needs just one more start to tie Lauren Prewitt (2001-04) and Micah Stephens (2002-05) for seventh all-time in games started.

Fellow senior Casey Adkins holds an advantage in career minutes played. Adkins ranks sixth in the Southern Miss career record books with 5,306 minutes, while Hendrix has logged 5,087 minutes for seventh place. Adkins is currently tied for seventh for career games started with 71, but can move in to sole possession of seventh with a start against UTSA. Hendrix and senior Missy Wentz are both tied for 10th with 70 starts apiece and can move into a tie with Liz Hamlin (2006-09) and Chelsea Cruthirds (2010-13) with an appearance in the starting lineup.

Senior Ashley Johnson enters the final game of the season with a team-best 68 shots. The transfer is currently in fifth in the Golden Eagles' single-season records for shots. She is just four shots shy of tying Stacey Hall (1997-00) for fourth. Johnson also leads the team with 29 shots on goal, which ranks ninth in a season. Johnson, who is averaging just under two shots on goal per game, is just one SOG shy of tying Katie Adams (1999-02) for eighth; two shy of Stacey Hall (1997-00) for seventh; and three back of Terah Beth Baltzer (1997-97) for sixth. In her career, Johnson has tallied 88 shots, just seven back of tying Lindsay Canham (1999-02) and Micah Stephens (2002-05) for ninth in the USM career records.

Sophomore Breann Hedin leads the team with four assists. She is just one helper shy of tying four seventh in a season with seven other players, most recently Danica Roberts (2012-13) last season.

At goal, true freshman Shelby Presnell, who is expected to start for the Golden Eagles against the Roadrunners, needs just one victory to break into the school's top 10 for wins in a season, tying her with six players, including Brittany Taylor who entered the list as a freshman last season.

Sophomore Adriana Garcia and Hendrix, who are the only two players to start every game this season, can tie for seventh in a season with several others with their 19th game started.

This season the Golden Eagles as a team have cracked the school's top 10 list in several categories. The Black and Gold have notched 85 points on the year, raking seventh in a season. The 29 goals rank seventh, while the 27 assists and five game-winning goals are good enough for fifth place. Southern Miss has fired off 281 shots on the year for third in a season and the 129 shots on goal ranks sixth.

Defensively, Southern Miss has 111 saves, which ranks fourth in season stats. The team's collective 1.70 goals against average is seventh. Five wins ties for 10th in a season, while three ties is second behind only the 2013 team's four. As a team, the Golden Eagles have recorded five shutouts on the year, ranking fourth.

The UTSA game will be the 19th of the year, tying for fourth most in school history. As a team, the Golden Eagles have logged 18,497 minutes of playing time, which ranks sixth most in the Southern Miss record books. The goalkeepers have tallied 1,691 minutes to date, which is good enough for eighth in a season.

Scouting the Opposition:
The Roadrunners will honor seniors Anka Grotle, Charlotte Husoe, Anissa Munson, Kaytee O'Brien, Happy Orere-Amadu and Taylor Wingerden following the contest as part of Senior Night festivities. UTSA is coming off a 1-1 tie against Florida Atlantic on Sunday. Husoe provided the home squad's only goal on a free kick from about 25 yards out in the 23rd minute for her second goal of the season. Goalie Katherine Tesno made a career-high 10 saves in the match, including seven after halftime.

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