Golden goal sinks WKU at USM

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In it's Conference USA opener Sunday, Western Kentucky fell 1-0 on a Southern Mississippi golden goal in overtime at the USM Soccer Complex in Hattiesburg, Miss.

WKU (2-4-2) outshot Southern Miss 11-10 and held the Golden Eagles to just a pair of shots on goal on the afternoon, but could not find the back of the net despite several chances throughout the match.

Chandler Backes led the way offensively for the Lady Toppers with three shots, including one on goal late in regulation that nearly became the match-winner. In goal, Bailee Witt played the full 96 minutes and made a key save early in the second half to keep the scoreline even at the time.

The win was the seventh in a row for Southern Miss (7-1) which has not dropped a match since its season opener against Mississippi State on Aug. 16. Stephanie Garcia had a match-high five shots for the Golden Eagles while Miah Zuazua tallied the golden goal in overtime to secure the win.

Kendell Mindnich played the full match in goal, making four saves to earn the clean sheet.

The Lady Toppers are off until Sept. 23 when the team travels to Ruston, La., to take on the Lady Techsters of Louisiana Tech.