MOBILE, Ala. – Gracie Wilson scored the only goal of the match and led the University of South Alabama women’s soccer team to a conference victory over Louisiana, 1-0, at The Cage on Sunday.
Danielle Fuentes took a corner kick in the first half for South Alabama (6-3-1, 2-1-1 SBC) and found Wilson, who headed in the ball and scored the only goal of the match in the shutout victory. The Jaguars held Louisiana (4-7-0, 1-2-0 SBC) to no corners during the match while taking four of their own.
Place: The Cage (Mobile, Ala.)
Final Score: South Alabama 1, Louisiana 0
Records: South Alabama (6-3-1, 2-1-1 SBC), Louisiana (4-7-0, 1-2-0 SBC)
– Fuentes took a corner for the Jags in the 36th minute and connected with Wilson in front of the goal where she headed the ball in for the only goal of the match.
– The Jags have held their opponents to no corners for two consecutive matches.
– USA has held its opponents to under 10 shots for six consecutive matches.
– South Alabama’s defense earned its fifth clean sheet of the season.
– Wilson set a new season-high with her seventh goal of the season.
– Fuentes’s assist was her second of the season, matching her season-high from last year.
– Fifth-year senior Deanna Green has now moved up to second in games played (90) and fourth in games started (80) in program history.
– Freshman goalkeeper Jaidy Gutierrez Campos recorded her second consecutive career shutout in her third straight start for South Alabama.
– USA took its second consecutive victory in the series with Louisiana and its first at home since the 2013 season.
THEY SAID IT
Head Coach Richard Moodie
– On the result: “I think we were more eager in the match today, we held the ball more and they played a high back line. We have to be versatile when we attack and when they play a high back line, we have to play over the top of that line. They put a lot of pressure on us to keep the ball, but I don’t think that threatened us today. I’m proud of our group for their performance today.”
– On Gracie Wilson: “We played her as a wingback at the start of the season and she wanted to be central to score the goals. Once we moved her more central she had to score the goals and she’s been doing it. She’s putting in more miles than anyone else on the field and on top of that what she’s doing with the ball is why she’s our captain.”
– On the result: “It’s amazing, we had to win out after Arkansas so we’re doing everything we need to do.”
– On her goal: “That was amazing and I was super excited for it to come off my head. I’ve never scored a header in college so I was excited to get that one on the board.”
– On her role: “The team is playing exactly the way they need to so I can be in the middle and do what I need to do.”
– South Alabama will travel to Boone, N.C. on Thursday to take on Appalachian State in a conference match at 6 p.m. (CST).
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