Soccer Bulldogs Tie Sacramento State, 0-0

EL PASO, Texas - Mississippi State recorded nine stops, including a trio of defender saves by freshman Bethany Frazier, but could not find the back of the net as the Bulldogs and Sacramento State battled to a scoreless tie in the final game of the Sun City Invitational Sunday afternoon at University Field on the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso.

MSU (0-2-3) goalkeeper Emily Meyers moved into sole possession of fourth place on the school's all-time solo shutouts list with her sixth blanking in two seasons, while inching further up State's career saves list with six against the Hornets (2-3-1). Frazier denied three second half chances by Sacramento State with her feet planted firmly on the touch line to highlight a plethora of action for a handful of MSU newcomers.

"I thought we did a good job of battling today and I was fairly pleased with a number of our players' performances," said Mississippi State head coach Neil Macdonald. "When you're battling extreme heat, as well as fatigue after playing UTEP yesterday, you don't really know what to expect, but I thought our team showed what they were made of in coming out of here with a draw today. We have some things to work on in practice this week, but I feel things are starting to come along for us, especially with the play of our freshmen. They really stepped up this weekend in both games."

State got much of the play throughout the first 45 minutes of action, including a pair of opportunities that nearly got MSU off the mark. Frazier's scorcher in the 22nd minute of play was barely collected by Sacramento State goalkeeper Jennifer Lawrence, who left her feet to keep the score at a deadlock. Rookie Mariclaire Fancher got, perhaps, the best chance for either team to score 13 minutes later when she penetrated the penalty area, only to find her cannon shot catch a piece of the post and careen out of danger.

Sacramento State turned up the pressure a bit after the intermission and used high pressure to create chances for itself but, each time, Mississippi State was there to keep the game scoreless. Maggie Murphy's shot in the 47th minute somehow found its way through the MSU defense, but Frazier, standing at the far post, needed just a swing of her left leg to prevent the goal. Sarah Howard's shot found a similar result seven minutes later, while Frazier denied a third Hornet shot on goal with a kick save in the 90th tick.

Sacramento State would manage a pair of shots in the first overtime period, including Murphy's try that sailed wide right in the 96th minute, while the teams traded a pair of shots in the second extra period.

Mississippi State will return to action on Friday evening when the Bulldogs close out an initial four-game road trip with regional matchup at Memphis. MSU and the Tigers will kickoff at 7 p.m. inside the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. Following Friday evening's tilt, State will return home on Sunday to host Charlotte at 1 p.m. at the MSU Soccer Field, before opening up conference play and another four-game road swing on Sept. 23 at nationally ranked Tennessee.

At El Paso, Texas (University Field)

Mississippi State 0 0 0 0 - 0
Sacramento State 0 0 0 0 - 0

No Scoring.

Shots: MSU 9 (Frazier 3), SAC 18 (Murphy 4).
Shots On Goal: MSU 3 (Ammann, Frazier, Ondra), SAC 9 (Dragomir 3).
Saves: MSU 9 (Meyers 6), SAC 3 (Lawrence).
Corner Kicks: MSU 1, SAC 11.
Fouls: MSU 14, SAC 11.
Cautions And Ejections: None.
Offsides: MSU 1, SAC 3.
Att. * 114.

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