News from MSU Media Relations--Oct. 24

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Soccer, Men's Golf, Women's Golf, Men's Tennis and Women's Tennis.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Elisabeth Sullivan scored her team-best sixth goal of the season as the Mississippi State soccer team suffered a 5-1 setback to Kentucky Sunday afternoon at the UK Soccer Complex.

The Memphis, Tenn., native's goal, her sixth of the season, tied her with Heidi Ondra (2003) and Charleston Platt (1997) for the fifth-most goals by a Bulldog freshman. Her 16 points this season are also fifth in the MSU rookie record books, one back of Lauren Tietze (1996).

Kentucky (9-7-2, 3-5-2 SEC) went up 1-0 two minutes in when Natalie Horner slipped behind the Mississippi State (7-12-0, 0-10-0 SEC) defense and beat Skylar Rosson with her third goal of the season.

State's Elisabeth Sullivan managed to net the equalizer with 25 minutes left in the opening half to continue her stellar freshman season.

Aubrey Curington won the ball in the air to Madison McKee. McKee in turn found Rachel Wannek, and she hit Sullivan in stride for the tying goal.

State missed an opportunity to take the lead in the 29th minute. McKee was fouled in the box on a corner kick, but her penalty kick opportunity was blocked away by Hiance.

The Wildcats regained the lead in the 38th minute as the Bulldogs were unable to clear a corner kick, and the ball bounced right to Laura Novikoff for a shot from point-blank range.

Novikoff put UK up 3-1 in the 53rd minute as she used a strong wind at her back and lined a 45-yard free kick into the top left corner of the net for her second goal of the afternoon.

The Wildcats extended the lead to 4-1 on a Kelsey Hunyadi free kick in the 64th minute, and Taylor Parker volleyed in a corner kick to complete the scoring.

The Bulldogs close the season Fri., Oct. 29 against Ole Miss at the MSU Soccer Field. First kick in the Magnolia Cup battle is set for 7 p.m.

Men's Golf
GREENSBORO, N.C. - With a ninth-place finish at the UNCG Bridgestone Collegiate Championship, the Mississippi State men's golf team completed its fall season after a 6-over-par team score of 871 at the three-round event played at the par-72 Forest Oaks Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.

"This was another tournament where we played well at times but just lacked putting together for three whole rounds," Coach Clay Homan said. "We are a young team and it shows at times with our scores."

MSU shot its best total in three tournaments at the UNCG Bridgestone Collegiate and its first round 283 was the fourth best round by the Maroon and White this fall in 15 rounds of play.

North Carolina won the tournament with a 31-under-par team total, followed by runner-up and ninth-ranked Auburn, third place Virginia Tech, fourth place Michigan, Northwestern in fifth place, sixth place Charlotte, Toledo in seventh place, eighth place Pepperdine and MSU tied VCU in ninth place among the 14-team field.

State was led by sophomore Brad Mason who led the Bulldogs for the third time this fall and the fifth time in his career. Mason shot a team-low round of 69 in the opening round of the tournament and ended with a 1-over-par 217 and tied for 30th among the individual field of 77 players. Mason was also among the tournament leaders in par 3 scoring and pars made.

Lee Heaton and Chad Ramey tied for the runner-up spot in the Bulldog lineup, both firing 2-over-par scores of 218 and tying for 36th among the individual field. Heaton notched consistent rounds of 73-72-73 and was MSU's leader in pars made with 37. Ramey was State's leader in birdies made with 12 and was one of two Bulldogs to post an eagle at the event.

Also posting an eagle was true freshman Axel Boasson who tied his career-best tournament total of 220 and shot his career-low round of 71 in the opening round of the tournament. Sophomore Mike Genovese rounded out the Bulldog lineup with a 54-hole score of 230.

MSU concludes the fall with four top 10 team finishes and a top 5 team finish. State will tee off the spring season on Feb. 12, 2011, in the Gator Invitational.

Women's Golf
STARKVILLE, MISS. - Mississippi State women's golf team is set to tee off at the Memphis Women's Invitational at the Ridgeway Country Club in Germantown, Tenn. The tournament will consist of 54 holes played over two days starting with 36 holes on Monday.

MSU is the lone SEC school at the event but will face great competition in the event. Schools playing alongside the Lady Bulldogs in the tournament include Memphis, Arkansas State, Austin Peay, Belmont, Boise State, Butler, Cincinnati, Evansville, Illinois, Indiana State, IPFW, Marshall, Memphis, Missouri-KC, Missouri State, Samford, Southern Miss and UAB.

For the fourth time in as many tournaments this fall, seniors Erika Thornton and Mallory Batson along with freshmen Esther Huffman and Mary Langdon Gallagher will make the trip for the lady linksters. Junior Perry Katherine Furr will also be making her second tournament of the fall. Sophomore Maria Roos will be competing as an individual.

The Lady Bulldogs have been on a consistent climb over the last two tournaments as they posted some of the best scores in the program's history. Coach Ginger Brown-Lemm is excited about the strides her team is making and looks to keep the momentum going.

"We want to continue the spiral upward with a constant level of confidence while competing," she said. "We are working hard on our short game and hope we see the results of that this week."

The Memphis-hosted tournament will tee off at 8:00 a.m. CT and results will be made available at the end of the day at

Men's Tennis
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Mississippi State's 11th-ranked doubles tandem George Coupland and Artem Ilyushin earned a semifinals victory at the ITA Southern Regional Championships but eventually fell in a hard fought finals match to nationally ranked No. 10 doubles team Chris and Marcel Thiemann of Ole Miss.

To get the day started, the Bulldog duo took down Auburn's Tim Hewitt and Alex Stamchev, 8-4, in the semifinals of the Regionals event, advancing to the finals of the draw which started with 41 total doubles teams.

In the finals, Coupland and Ilyushin fell to rival opponents Chris and Marcel Thiemann of the Ole Miss Rebels in an 8-3 battle.

In singles consolation action, senior Tanner Stump picked up a pair of victories for the Maroon and White. First in quarterfinals action, Stump took down Troy's Branko Weber in a come-from-behind three set match, 3-6, 6-4, 1-0(8). Next in semifinals play, Stump won in three-set fashion again, this time over Jamie Eccleton, 6-3, 3-6, 1-0(8). With the win Stump advanced to the finals of the consolation draw but the match was not played.

MSU men's tennis will return to action on Nov. 5 at the Crimson Tide Invitational.

Women's Tennis
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Lady Bulldog tennis squad concluded day three of action at the ITA Southern Regionals Sunday.

In B Draw consolation play, junior Jordan Zachary reached the finals after her opponent withdrew from competition. In the finals, Zachary was defeated, 6-0, 6-4, by Letha Gather of Louisiana-Monroe.

Senior Elizabeth Hall also competed in the semifinals of B Draw consolation but was unable to make the championship round, falling to ULM's Gather, 6-3, 6-3.

The Lady Bulldogs will return to action on November 12 as they travel to Sarasota, Fla., to compete in the Lakewood Ranch National Intercollegiate Clay Court Championships.

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