MSU Soccer Hosts South Alabama Friday

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State looks to continue the momentum of back-to-back victories as it begins the final weekend of non-conference action with a Friday evening contest against South Alabama at the MSU Soccer Field. Opening kick for the contest is set for 7 p.m., and admission to the contest is free.

Friday’s contest will not be broadcast, but Sunday’s final pre-SEC tune-up against Louisiana Tech will be shown online on SEC Network +.

Friday’s game will be Camper Reunion Night, with campers who wear their camp T-shirts getting $1 hot dogs. Fans in attendance will also receive free Hail State Soccer lanyards.

The Bulldogs return to the friendly pitch riding a two-game win streak that includes a 2-1 double-overtime win against Southern Miss and a 5-0 road victory at Arkansas State a week ago.

The win in Jonesboro improved the Bulldogs’ record to 2-3-0.

Senior Shannen Jainudeen paced the win with her first-career hat trick. Her MSU-best outing put her in the team lead with four goals and nine points.

Freshman Mallory Eubanks follows Jainudeen with four points on a goal and two assists. Junior Shelby Jordan scored her first-career goal last Friday, giving her three points to match rookie McKenzie Adams.

The Bulldog defense faces a potent South Alabama attack a week after MSU goalkeepers Rhylee DeCrane and Tanya de Souza combined for eight saves to claim the team’s first clean sheet of the season.

DeCrane, who stopped five shots against the Red Wolves, has turned away 22 shots while allowing nine goals.

DeCrane and the Dawgs will look to avenge last year’s 3-2 setback to a Jaguar squad that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

The teams will meet for the 10th time, with MSU leading 6-3, including a 3-1 mark in Starkville.

This year’s South Alabama squad comes in 4-2 overall and also riding a two-game win streak following wins against Southern Miss and Southern University.

Those past two contests featured the Jaguars scoring a team combined 13 goals, including a hat trick from freshman Sophie Haywood against a USM squad that played 88 minutes down a player.

Rio Hardy, Jordan Duncan, Tupelo native Charde Hannah and Danielle Henley lead USA with four goals each.

Defensively, Sarah Hay has stopped 14 shots for a 0.62 goals-against average.

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