#21 Ranked Commodores Slip by Bulldogs, 2-0

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Emily Meyers tallied her fourth double-digit save total of the season, but 21st-ranked Vanderbilt used an own goal right before the intermission, as well as a score midway through the second half, to slip by visiting Mississippi State, 2-0, Friday evening at the Vanderbilt Soccer Complex.

The win was the third-straight series triumph for the Commodores (14-3-0, 7-2-0 SEC), but the first over MState (3-10-3, 2-7-0) in Nashville since 1999. Meyers moved within 14 saves of matching MSU's single season record with 12 stops in 75 minutes of play, including eight in the first half alone. State's own goal was its first since punching one into its own net on Oct. 18, 1998, in a 8-0 loss at Florida.

Despite the setback, State still remains in contention for its second consecutive SEC Tournament bid, currently sitting in ninth place. The Maroon and White is three points behind Kentucky and Arkansas who are tied for seventh in the overall league standings.

"I was very pleased with the way we played the first 43 minutes, but we committed a mental error toward the end of the first half that dug a hole for ourselves," said Mississippi State head coach Neil Macdonald. "As long as we limit those kinds of mistakes, we are in every game that we play."

Although tallying a myriad of first half shots, Vanderbilt never could quite crack the MSU defense as Meyers, as well the Bulldogs' defensive back four, proved up to the task on every shot on goal. State would get its best and only chance to score in the 24th minute when Betty Ann Casey took control of an errant Commodore pass and fired off a 40-yard shot that completely fooled Tyler Griffin, but the ball caught a piece of the crossbar and sailed out of danger, allowing the junior netminder to record her 10th shutout of the campaign.

Jessica Lenze put Vanderbilt's only scoring play of the first half in motion in the 42nd minute, but it would be Mississippi State that finished the chance when a defender tapped in a slow-rolling cross past Meyers for the 1-0 lead that would last through the break.

Vanderbilt had its scoring troubles continued in the second half of play, but used a corner kick opportunity in the 67th minute to pad its lead. Lea Lafield's perfect service from the far corner into the penalty area struck the head of Kim Perkins and sailed into the back of the net for the 2-0 lead.

Mississippi State will be back in action on Sunday afternoon when the Bulldogs welcome SEC Eastern Division rival Kentucky (6-4-7, 2-4-3) to the MSU Soccer Field for a 1 p.m. match-up. Admission to all 2005 MSU Soccer home games is free.

SCORING SUMMARY
At Nashville, Tenn. (Vanderbilt Soccer Complex)

Mississippi State 0 0 - 0
Vanderbilt 1 1 - 2

Vanderbilt * Own Goal (42), Lenze (62)


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