Mustangs Drop Road Contest At Southern Miss, 2-0

Go smu! Jessica Bartol played all 90 minutes on Friday evening.
Go smu!
Jessica Bartol played all 90 minutes on Friday evening.
Go smu!

Oct. 5, 2012

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (SMU) - The SMU Mustangs applied lots of offensive pressure but could not make up for an early deficit as they lost 2-0 to Southern Miss on Friday evening.

The loss drops SMU to 5-6-2 (1-2-2 C-USA) on the season. SMU outshot the Golden Eagles 19-10 for the game, but could not find the back of the net. During the second half, a flurry of SMU scoring chances between the 50th and 60th minutes that included a couple shots from Kenzie Scovill and two corner kicks from Courtney Smith almost knotted the score at one apiece. Southern Miss withstood the attacks, however, and maintained their lead.

The Golden Eagles put the game away in the 87th minute with a goal from Danica Roberts. Roberts received a cross from Chelsea Cruthirds and Roberts fired one straight past SMU goalkeeper Shannon Moroney, who had the ball slip past her fingertips.

The Golden Eagles took the lead in the 15th minute off Jordan Wagner's first goal of 2012. She found the top-right corner past Moroney, and SMU was quickly trailing.

"We let them in the game early," Head Coach Chris Petrucelli said. "We dug our own hole and we couldn't dig out way out of it."

SMU will look to bounce back in a big way when it faces No. 8 UCF on Sunday. The Mustangs upset the Knights at Westcott a year ago when UCF was ranked No. 19 in the nation. Kickoff in Orlando is slated for 12 p.m. CT.