What are your thoughts about the match?
"We struggled because they play a very difficult system. It's a diamond system in the center of the midfield. They play four centrally, two are next to each other, one high, one low. We took our time to figure out what we needed to do. Obviously in the second half we did much better. In the last 15 to 20 minutes our fitness kicked in a little bit. All those 6 a.m.'s (workouts) that we did paid off. We deserved the victory. I know they had a lot of the possessions, particularly in the first half, but they didn't do anything with them. When we got our chance, we took advantage of it."
With a total of 32 fouls, 14 by your team and 18 by Georgia, this seemed to be a very physical game.
"That's the SEC for you. It is incredibly fast and physical. Because it is such a quick game, you are going to have people running into each other. You are going to get a lot of contact. It is just part of it."
Talk about Sara Moore's winning goal, her first goal of the season.
"Sara made a great late run into the box and did what we tell them to do, which is use the inside of your foot."
You had two freshmen starters and three additional ones that played for an extended period of time. How are they progressing?
"They are doing a great job. We have a great group of freshmen who are all contributing in different ways. They really look like they are going to step up. They are a good core group that are the future."
Mary Ann Swindoll is the editor of Dawgs' Bite, Powered by GenesPage.com, the source for Mississippi State sports on TheInsiders.com sports network. You can contact her by email at email@example.com.
STARKVILLE, Miss. Sophomore Sara Moore's Golden Goal just a little more than two minutes into the first overtime period helped homestanding Mississippi State get the better end of a dogfight with visiting Georgia as the Maroon and White used a bend-but-not-break defense to stifle the Red and Black in extra time Sunday afternoon at the Mississippi State Soccer Field.
The goal was the first of the season for Moore, who became famous after scoring her second career goal last season in MSU's upset of No. 6 Florida on Senior Night. Junior Emily Meyers tallied 13 saves in her first career start in the nets for the Bulldogs. The number brought her weekend total to 18 after collecting five in a second half appearance Friday evening against No. 16 Tennessee.
The Maroon and White is now unbeaten in its last 14 home contests dating back to the 2003 season opener and Moore's score helped State extend its current home winning streak out to four games. The Bulldogs now also have their first winning streak in their seven-game series with Georgia having captured their first victory in the series by a 1-0 count last season on the road.
State controlled much of the first 10 minutes of play, but Georgia turned it up a notch after Moore's initial shot of the game was blocked in the 11th minute of play. The Red and Black would get a majority of the possession time over the next 15 minutes, with spots of Maroon and White offensive attacks making interruptions in the Georgia gameplan. Meyers would get tested in bunches from her vantage point under the MSU crossbar but, each time, more than proved she was up to the task. UGA got a pair of quality chances in the final six minutes of the opening period, but both of Karen Zmirak's shots were easily collected by Meyers.
The hosts came out of the halftime gates with a purpose and, after surrendering a handful of shots to their guests, slammed on the accelerator and threatened to take over the game on several occasions. After trading hard fouls from both sides of the ball, MSU took over the last 19 minutes of the final half of regulation, including firing off four out of the last five shots heading into the short intermission before sudden death.
After an initial shot by Randi-Lynn Bruso in overtime forced Emily Meyers to leave her feet for her 13th save of the contest, State put together an immediate counterattack that, ultimately, found paydirt. Having taken the ball to the other end of the pitch, April Berry's pass across the top of the box inadvertently found the hand of UGA midfielder Elizabeth Metherell, warranting an MState indirect kick from about 22 yards out. Karen Sandrik's boot ricocheted off the head of Ngum Suh and found Moore standing tall far post. Moore finished with a header that Georgia netminder Ashley Lindley had no chance of saving.
Mississippi State will return to action on Tuesday evening when the Bulldogs step out of conference for their first official road contest of the season at Jacksonville State (3-7-0). Kickoff has been set for 7 p.m. at the JSU Soccer Field. The game, which was originally slated to be played on September 17, was rescheduled after Hurricane Ivan brought heavy rain and strong winds throughout the state of Alabama.
At Starkville, Miss. (MSU Soccer Field)
GEORGIA 0 0 0 - 0
MISSISSIPPI STATE 0 0 1 - 1
MSU 92:06 Sara Moore (Karen Sandrik, Ngum Suh)
Shots: UGA 21 (Three Players With 3), MSU 17 (Suh 5). Shots On Goal: UGA 14 (Zmirak 3), MSU 9 (Suh 3). Saves: UGA 8 (Lindley 7), MSU 14 (Meyers 13). Corner Kicks: UGA 8, MSU 1. Fouls: UGA 18, MSU 14. Cautions And Ejections: MSU, Suh (67:22). Offsides: UGA 3, MSU 3. Att. 357.
Source: MSU Media Relations