MSU and LSU Battle to a 0-0 Tie in Soccer

The Mississippi State soccer team (4-5-3, 1-2-1 SEC), in a game marred with 38 founds, battled the LSU Tigers (6-5-1, 1-2-1) to a two overtime 0-0 tie in front of 403 fans at the Mississippi State soccer field. The overtime game marks the fourth straight that the Bulldogs have played, winning one, losing one and tying the other two.

Post-game Q&A with MSU head coach Neil Macdonald

What are your comments on the game?
"I thought we played very well. That's two games that I felt we probably dominated. But we aren't taking (advantages of) our chances in front of the goal, which is disappointing. It's not that we aren't working on it; we continue to work on that aspect of our game. I was very happy with the defensive aspect of our game. I think that we have been outstanding the last couple of games. We got a point out of the game today (due to the tie). And the way the league looks, it is going to be an important point."

This is, I believe, 5 matches in 9 days. Do you think your team is getting fatigued from playing so many games in so few days?
"We are all ready for a rest. Tomorrow will be a day off for the girls, at least. As you said, they have put in a phenomenal amount of work in a short time. That has been difficult but they are showing their true colors. I really felt again today that we did a lot of the right things, but we just need to be patient and, hopefully, the goals will start coming."


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 maryannswindoll@genespage.com.


STARKVILLE, Miss. ­ Junior goalkeeper Emily Meyers picked up her second shutout in as many weeks, but the Mississippi State offense could not muster a score of its own as the Bulldogs and visiting LSU battled to a double overtime standstill, 0-0, Sunday afternoon at the Mississippi State Soccer Field.

The Maroon and White (4-5-3, 1-2-1 SEC) paved the way offensively for much of the first ninety minutes of play and went into extra time clinging on to a 14-10 shot advantage, but LSU (6-5-1, 1-2-1) netminder Valerie Vogler snatched all eight MSU shots on goal to notch the shutout for the Tigers as well. April Berry led the shots column for the Bulldogs with four blasts from the top of the penalty box, while Stacy Bishop led the same column for the Bayou Bengals, collecting eight.

The draw kept the Bulldogs in the thick of things in the race for an SEC Tournament berth, as well as the top of the SEC West pool. A mixture of weekend parity across the league has the Maroons in a tie for fourth in the Western Division ­ six points behind SEC West leader Auburn.

The overtime contest marked the fourth consecutive extra time game for the Bulldogs who have gone to overtime three times since last Sunday's extra time victory over Georgia at home. It is the most consecutive overtime games ever recorded by a MSU squad, edging out the 2001 squad that played three consecutive extra time outings in the last games of the regular season.

Sunday's physical action was also marred by 38 fouls (MSU, 20) and five yellow cards (LSU, 3).

MSU dominated the first 24 minutes of first half action, rattling off six shots and holding the Tigers to just one, but the Bulldogs showed their grit in places beside the stat column as well, winning many of the first touches, and a majority of the second. LSU finally awoke from its slumber in the 25th minute of play to outshoot the Bulldogs by a 3-1 count down the stretch to slim its tale-telling shot disparity to just 8-4 heading into the break.

State would have its chances in the opening stanza, including a close-range header from Jessica Davis in the 15th minute of play, but were unable to find the back of the net. LSU found a quality chance with nine minutes remaining on an Artie Brown breakaway, but Meyers proved up to the task and left the senior wanting.

Neither team could find any offensive chances in the opening minutes of the second period, but LSU had the first real chance for either team when Holly Davis' header was cleanly saved by Meyers in the 61st minute. The teams would trade a handful of chances the rest of the way out, but the second half saw more fouls and yellow cards than shots.

LSU got a majority of the shots in the extra time, but the only quality shot for the Tigers came from the foot of Stacy Bishop at the 94:58 mark. Bishop's scorcher from the top of the box was tipped cleanly by Meyers, but the ball fiddled with the crossbar before careening out of danger.

Having completed a scheduled four-game homestand, the Maroon and White will return to action when the Bulldogs start a four-game road trip in Alabama with weekend visits to Auburn and Tuscaloosa. State will take on SEC West leading Auburn (8-2-1, 3-0-1) on Friday at 7 p.m., before suiting up to battle Alabama on Sunday at 1 p.m.

SCORING SUMMARY
At Starkville, Miss. (MSU Soccer Field)

LSU 0 0 0 0 - 0
MISSISSIPPI STATE 0 0 0 0 - 0

No Scoring

Shots: LSU 17 (Bishop 8), MSU 15 (Berry 4). Shots On Goal: LSU 9 (Davis 3), MSU 8 (Moore 3). Saves: LSU 8 (Vogler), MSU 9 (Meyers 8). Corner Kicks: LSU 6, MSU 8. Fouls: LSU 18, MSU 20. Cautions And Ejections: LSU ­ Mitnick (46:55), Vanderpool (48:31), Keath (71:57); MSU ­ Ondra (71:57), Parker (98:55). Offsides: LSU 1, MSU 0. Att. ­ 403.

Source: MSU Media Relations


Gene's Page Top Stories