MONROE, Louisiana – ULM made all three shots on goal count, scoring on all three while adding another on a Southern Miss own goal as the Warhawks earned their first Sun Belt Conference victory of the season, 4-1, Thursday night at Brown Stadium. .
Mara Grutkamp led ULM’s charge with a goal and two assists, while Mickaela Leal made five saves in goal.
The Warhawks (9-1-1 overall, 1-1 SBC), who entered the contest ranked third in NCAA Division I in shots per game, were limited to just nine shot attempts. However, the ULM was able to make the most of its opportunities.
ULM struck first in the 27th minute. Grutkamp sent a corner into the top right corner of the box, where Inge Konst fired a shot over the mass of players gathered in front of goal, including the outstretched arms of Southern Miss goalkeeper Alex Helbling, putting ULM ahead 1-0. It was Konst’s sixth goal of the season.
The score held until half-time.
In the second half, the ULM doubled their lead in the 58th minute. From a free kick, Konst kicked the ball over the top left corner of the box, floating it in front of the net. A Southern Miss player got up and headed the ball, deflecting it into the right side of the goal to put ULM ahead, 2-0.
Ten minutes later, Grutkamp added the lead. Eve Blakey dribbled just inside the top of the box before sending a pass to the right of the box for Grutkamp, who fired a shot past Helbling and into the net for the 3-0 advantage. It was Grutkamp’s third goal this season.
ULM capped their score in the 83rd minute when Grutkamp fired a cross from the left of the box into the front of the net, where Courtney Marten lead for her first goal of the season and the 18th of her career, placing her alone in second place in the ULM record books, behind Cindy Barker (22 goals, 2000-03) by four goals.
Grutkamp’s two assists give him six for the season to lead the Warhawks and tie them for fifth in a single season. Her 11 career assists tied her for sixth in ULM history with Mary Ashton Lembo (2013-16).
Southern Miss (1-5-1, 1-1) scored an 88th-minute goal from Mallory Tapper with an assist to Ilana Izquierdo to spoil the shutout.
The Warhawks visit Texas State at 1 p.m. Sunday.