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Honored to be an eagle

Senior midfielder Renee Hrapmann of Mandeville, Louisiana has a great touch on the ball. Playing in fifteen games and starting two, Hrapmann has scored three points for the Lady Eagles.

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Running. It’s like second nature to a soccer player. It’s having the wind in your hair and the soccer ball just past the tip of your toes. These women work hard. They are the embodiment of endurance and control. After a lean season in 2008, the team is looking to set some records this year. Starting out strong with a 4-2 record, the Southern Miss Women’s Soccer team is quickly becoming a standout sport here in Hattiesburg. Jana Mason, a junior midfielder/defender from Tupelo, enjoys being a part of the Southern Miss Soccer Team. “Being able to play soccer is what I enjoy most about college. I love soccer and I am thankful of having a group of teammates that enjoy playing soccer as well.” Being a part of this team has allowed her to make a variety of friends. “We are all different, but soccer brings us together and allows us to form life-long friendships.” Jana, a nutrition major and key returner for the team, knows that being in shape is important to keep that scoreboard in Southern Miss’ favor: “Fitness is a very important component of soccer, so we have to do a lot of running and weight lifting. It’s not fun at the time, but being healthy and able to play the sports you enjoy makes the hard stuff totally worth it.” This is Jana’s third year on the Southern Miss

women’s soccer team. Tricia Tillman, a Madison native majoring in kinesiology, is enjoying her first year on the team. “I love soccer and love belonging to the team…I’m honored to wear that Lady Eagle jersey.” This freshman isn’t afraid to work hard; she plays forward and sometimes has a secondary position as outside right fielder. After Southern Miss coaches came and watched Tricia play in high school, she was offered a spot on the team. “Through hard work and a positive attitude,” Tricia says, “I want to advance in the soccer world.” Senior Daniela Picado has been on the team for four years and has enjoyed watching the team grow and make progress. “What motivates me the most to continue playing is the love I have for the game; I love soccer and I love the lifestyle that goes along with it. Women’s Soccer at Southern Miss also feeds my competitive hunger!” Daniela hopes to leave Southern Miss on a winning streak: “I have a lot of confidence in our team this season. I think as long as we all stay healthy and maintain our fitness and keep focused, we have the ability to be very successful this year.” Story by Arielle Edwards

Senior midfielder Keilah Hopkins of Irving, Texas maintains a technically-sound game as she played in 16 games and scored 6 points. Hopkins is among the top three scorers for the Lady Eagles. Photo by Jordan Moore

Junior defender Sarah Brusco of Dallas, Texas is great in the air and aggressive in the tackle. Brusco played in 16 games and started in seven. Photo by Jordan Moore

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