State Falls to Georgia on the Road, 3-1

ATHENS, Ga. - Ali Williams scored two goals and Missy Vierling added the eventual gamewinner as homestanding Georgia bested visiting Mississippi State in a battle of the SEC's Bulldogs Sunday afternoon at the Georgia Soccer Stadium in Athens, Ga.

Vierling, a junior defender, scored her third game-winning goal of the year for Georgia (7-2-1, 1-1-0 SEC) while Williams extended her team-leading scoring total to seven as she scored UGA's first and third goals. Jessica Davis scored her first career goal for Mississippi State (1-5-3, 0-2-0) who also got a six-save performance from Emily Meyers.

"I was pleased with the way we came out in the second half, but we need to start finding ways to put 90 minutes of work on the field," said Mississippi State head coach Neil Macdonald. "We looked really lethargic in the first half and that helped Georgia get a bit of confidence behind them."

Vierling's goal came at the 34:04 mark in the first half. Junior midfielder Randi-Lynn Bruso took the ball down the right side and split two defenders as she dribbled toward the penalty box. She played the ball across to the far side, just inside the box where Vierling collected it and took a hard shot into the lefthand side of the goal for Georgia's second tally of the game. All three of Vierling's goals on the year have been game-winners for UGA. All three were also scored from within three yards, inside or outside, of the penalty box.

Williams got Georgia on the scoreboard first, as she scored just 8:16 into the game. Vierling played a corner kick into the box where an MSU defender tried to clear the ball, but it ended up at Williams' feet. Williams pulled the trigger and sent the ball into the near-post on the right hand side of the goal for the score. Meyers got a hand on it, but was not able to stop it from hitting the back of the net.

Williams' second goal put the Dogs up 3-1 in the 56th minute of play as she one-timed a ball out of the air from about five yards out. Junior midfielder Kelly Whitaker had beaten her defenders and played a cross into the box, where Williams struck it.

Mississippi State will close out a four-game road trip this weekend when the Bulldogs travel to Arkansas and LSU for key inter-divisional matchups. State will first visit Fayetteville, Ark., for a 7 p.m. Friday evening date with the Lady Razorbacks, before traveling to Baton Rouge, La., on Sunday for a 1 p.m. tilt with the Tigers.

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