SECOND HALF BRACE FROM CROSS LEADS JAGUAR SOCCER TO FIRST CONFERENCE WIN OF THE SEASON

MOBILE, Ala. – Senior Morgan Cross scored a brace in the second half of the home conference opener to help lead the University of South Alabama women’s soccer team to its first conference win of the season, 3-0, against Texas State at The Cage on Friday.

Gracie Wilson opened up scoring in the first half with a goal that was assisted by Deanna Green to give South Alabama (5-3-1, 1-1-1 SBC) an early lead. Cross was assisted by Sydney Ham two consecutive times in the second half to give the Jags their first conference victory of the season. USA led the match with 14 shots and five corner kicks while holding Texas State (5-3-1, 2-1-0 SBC) to seven shots and no corners in the shutout win.

Date: 9/24
Place: The Cage (Mobile, Ala.)
Final Score: South Alabama 3, Texas State 0 
Records: South Alabama (5-3-1, 1-1-1 SBC), Texas State (5-3-1, 2-1-0 SBC)

GAME FACTS
– Green crossed the ball in from the left wing to Wilson, who shot the ball with her left foot from the penalty arc and netted her sixth goal of the season at 22:12 and gave the Jags a 1-0 lead in the first half. 
– Ham recorded her second assist of the season when she crossed the ball in from the right corner to Cross, who found the back of the net in the 59th minute and increased the USA lead to 2-0. 
– Ham and Cross combined again at the 70-minute mark for South’s third goal of the match, solidifying the first home shutout win of the season for the team.

NOTES
– The win marks the fourth shutout and the first at home this season for South Alabama. 
– Freshman goalkeeper Jaidy Gutierrez Campos went the distance and earned the first shutout of her career making four saves while facing seven shots from Texas State.
– South improved to 7-1-2 in the series against Texas State. 
– Green is tied for third in games played (89) and fifth in games started (79) in the Jaguar record books. 
– Wilson leads USA with six goals and 15 points on the season. 
– The Jags have held their opponents to under 10 shots in seven matches so far this season.

THEY SAID IT
Head Coach Richard Moodie
On the result: “The student-athletes have been fantastic over the last couple of weeks. We found our rhythm and the back of the net tonight, we’ve been knocking at the door over the last few weeks. There’s still some room for improvement in our set pieces.Tonight was a great effort from front to back, we were superb throughout. Claudia Gutierrez was one of the top student-athletes on the field tonight, she held the ball and allowed us to get into the game.”

On Morgan Cross and Sydney Ham: “They are two great student-athletes, Sydney Ham has had a massive impact coming in as a transfer, I’m proud of them and the best is yet to come.”

Morgan Cross
On the result: “We had two tough results in Arkansas and we wanted to bounce back tonight, so I’m delighted for us to get a win that we needed.”

On her performance: “I’m delighted to get on the score sheet. Any way I can contribute to the team is great.”

On playing at home: “It’s great to be back home, before this game we only played here twice and we love playing at home.”

UP NEXT
– The Jaguars will face Louisiana on Sunday in a conference match at 1 p.m. at The Cage.

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