News from MSU Media Relations--September 30

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STARKVILLE, MISS. - Michelle Makasini's goal in the 65th minute was all LSU (7-4-1, 2-0-1) needed, as they defeated Mississippi State (2-8-0, 1-2-0), 1-0.

The Tigers kept play in MSU territory for most of the game. LSU's had an opportunity in the 13th minute when Casey Crawford sent a shot from the box that hit the crossbar. However, despite controlling the play, the Tigers could not find the back of the net, and the teams went into halftime scoreless.

The second half began just as the first half had ended LSU first scoring chance of the second half came in the 59th minute. Rachel Yepez took a shot from the left side of the box, but MSU goalkeeper Taryn Holland made a diving stop to keep the game scoreless. However, five minutes later, the Tigers broke through. Makasini broke through the Bulldog defense and sent a shot past Holland for her league-leading tenth goal of the season. From that point on, the Tiger defense held on, not allowing another MSU shot the rest of the game.

LSU held Mississippi State to a season-low five shots, while Holland made a season-high seven saves.

LSU has now shutout increased its shutout streak of Mississippi State to 29:50.

The Bulldogs return to action on Sunday when they host Arkansas in a West Division battle at 1:00 p.m. at the MSU Soccer Field. You can follow all the action live at

Cross Country
SOUTH BEND , Ind. - Both the Mississippi State men's and women's cross country teams finished in the top-20 in the 51 st running of the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday afternoon in South Bend, Ind. The Maroon and White women finished 15th and the men placed 16th in the prestigious event on the UND campus. The Lady Bulldogs registered 377 points while the Bulldogs tallied 448.

Senior Jennifer McPherson led all MSU women competitors in the 5K portion of the event. McPherson finished 40 th in the individual standings with a time of 17:39. Annie Falor was State's second finisher with a time of 17:43 to grab the 45 th spot. The ladies finished ahead of South Region foe UAB in the meet. The Lady Bulldogs improved nine spots from a year ago in the Notre Dame event while the men came away six spots better from the 2005 performance.

"We didn't have a great day and we did not run like have in the past two meets," said women's head coach Al Schmidt. "There were ten teams ranked in the top-20 here, so we did OK."

Senior Travis McKay continued to lead the Bulldog squad. McKay has been MState's top-finisher in all three meets this season. He turned in a time of 24:57 on a legit five-mile course to place 57th on the individual side. Ashenafi Arega recorded a time of 25:13 to follow behind McKay's top-MSU time. Senior Wade Martin, who paced the squad in the 2005 edition of the UND Invitational crossed the line at 25:16.

"We had an OK finish," said men's head coach Steve Dudley. "We did not accomplish what we came here for, but I commend Travis McKay on his performance today."

The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs return to action at the Chili Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark. on Saturday, Oct. 14.

STARKVILLE, MISS. - For the second straight week, the Mississippi State softball team will host a Fall Tournament.

The Bulldogs will play two games on Saturday and will follow it up with two games on Sunday. State will play host to the University of Alabama-Huntsville, Belhaven College and Jones Community College.

Alabama-Huntsville and Belhaven will get the action started on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. followed by Mississippi State-Belhaven at 3:00 p.m. Mississippi State-UAH will close out the action at 5:00 p.m.

On Sunday, Jones JC and Alabama-Huntsville start the day at 11:00 a.m. followed by Mississippi State-UAH at 1:00 p.m. Mississippi State-Jones will close out the weekend at 3:00 p.m.

All games will be played at the MSU Softball Field and admission is free.

Women's Golf
STARKVILLE, Miss - The Mississippi State women's golf team will compete this weekend (Sept. 30-Oct. 1) at the Wildcat Fall Invitational in Lexington, Ky. The two-day tournament featuring 15 teams will be played at the par 72, 6,157-yard University Club.

Senior Amanda Mathis heads MSU's lineup going into the tournament. A two-time all-SEC selection, Mathis led State with a 20th place finish earlier this month at the Cougar Classic. Pasadena, Md., native Julia Huh will compete in her 18th consecutive event this weekend. Redshirt Freshman Jillian Jones will compete in her second collegiate tournament this weekend. Rounding out the lineup for State are two freshmen as Decatur, Ala., native Suzanne Stanley and Gina Sharp of Helena, Ark., will compete in their first collegiate competition.

"We are looking forward to going to Lexington and playing on a course that really suites this team," said head coach Christi Sanders. "The two freshmen have qualified for spots in this week's line up and are excited about their first collegiate competition."

Last season at the Wildcat Invitational, State finished fifth in the team competition. State shot a 290 in the final round which was the lowest round since 2004. In the individual race, Amanda Mathis shot a 222 and finished second while four players set career marks.

This year's tournament will begin at 7:30 a.m. CT both days with a shotgun start.

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