News from MSU Media Relations--October 7

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TUSCALOOSA, ALA. - The Mississippi State (2-10-0, 1-4-0) soccer team fought hard, but it was an own goal that did them in, as the Bulldogs fell 1-0 at Alabama (5-8-0, 1-4-0).

State took the play to Bama from the start of the game. Two minutes into the game, Mariclaire Fancher sent a pass up the middle. Ashley Hood raced after the ball, and tried to chip it over UA netminder Kara Gudmens. But Gudmens made a sprawling stop, preventing the Bulldogs from taking the early lead.

MSU had another great opportunity in the 21st minute. Kevyn Shelledy sent the ball into the left corner, where Ashley Hood took control. Hood dribbled along the end line, and sent a pass in front to Treena Ferguson, who nailed a shot of the right post.

The game started to go back-and-forth midway through the first half, as both teams had multiple chances.

Alabama began to take control in the second half. The Tide pelted MSU goalkeeper Taryn Holland with four straight shots 15 minutes in. After MSU cleared the ball out of bounds, Jessica Deegan sent a corner kick toward the net. State closed on the goal, and attempted head the ball away. But instead, it was headed into State's goal, and Alabama took a 1-0 lead.

With five minutes left, Treena Ferguson had a free kick that she sent screaming toward the left corner of the net. But, Gedmuns made a diving stop, preserving the victory.

The Bulldogs return to action on Sunday afternoon when they travel to Auburn for a 2:00 p.m. match. You can follow all the action live at

Women's Tennis
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Mississippi State's Lady Bulldog tennis team opened competition at the Hoosier Classic Friday with singles action. Sophomore Martina Banikova posted State's best results, entering Saturday vying for third-place honors in Flight A.

Banikova defeated Kansas' Elizaveta Avdeeva 6-2, 6-4 soundly in the first round of the top flight to move into the semis. However, in the semifinal match-up against Viviana Yruseta of Kansas State, she fell 6-4, 1-6, 1-0(9), putting her in the third-place match. Banikova will face off against Anna Lask of Murray State for bronze honors.

After losing their first round matches, four other Lady Bulldogs came back to win their semifinal consolation matches and are set to contest for more consolation honors of their respective draws. Junior Renee Joseph started the day dropping a 3-6, 6-2, 1-0(6) loss to Notre Dame's Colleen Rielley in the Flight A. Freshman Valeriya Makarycheva fell to her first-round opponent, Kunigunda Dorn of Kansas, 6-4, 6-0 in Flight B. In another tiebreaker, sophomore Elna de Villiers fell short in her Flight C match against Notre Dame's Kali Krisik 6-1, 4-6, 1-0(5). Lastly, sophomore Tatiana Feit dropped her first-round match against LSU's Tiffany Tucker 7-6, 2-6, 1-0(6) in Flight D play.

Bouncing back after first round losses, the four all came back to propel themselves into the finals of their respective consolation draws. Joseph defeated host Indiana's Laura McGaffigan 6-3, 0-6, 1-0(5). Makarycheva bounced back by defeating Murray State's Rachael Lask 6-0, 6-2. De Villiers triumphed over SEC foe Ashley Murdock of LSU 5-7, 6-0, 1-0(3), after dropping the first game. Feit put up consecutive 6-3 figures to down her opponent, Angela McGahee of Murray State.

Lady Bulldog freshman DeAndra Saddler retired in her first round match against Indiana's Alba Berdala 7-6, 3-0, retiring due to injury. Her consolation semifinal against Casady Pruitt of Murray State was not played as a result.

In Red Round Robin action, Daniela Juskova competed in her first action on the season, but fell to Kansas' Yuliana Svistun 2-6, 7-6(3), 1-0(4). Juskova did not play in her second round-robin to another Jayhawk, Stephanie Smith.

Saturday will feature the final rounds for all singles draws and start play in doubles. Banikova and Makarycheva will compete against Murray State's Lyndsey Bochenek and Angela McGahee. The tandem of Joseph and Feit will sound off against Laura McGaffigan and Brianna Williams of Indiana. Doubles action will kick off at 9 a.m. CT, followed by the singles action at 12:30 a.m. CT.

Men's Tennis
ATLANTA, Ga. - Mississippi State sophomores Eric Lim and Ryan Farlow along with two MSU doubles teams advanced to the quarterfinals of their respective flights Friday at the Georgia Tech Invitational. Lim and Farlow advanced in Flight B singles while the freshman pair of Chris Doerr and Pjotrs Necajevs advanced in Flight A doubles and Josh Irey and Lim moved to the quarters in Flight B doubles.

In the first round of flight B, Farlow defeated Georgia Southern's Gregory Bekkers 6-0, 6-2 and moved to the quarters with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Andrew Poole of Southern Miss in the second round. Lim advanced by defeating Central Florida's Jimmy Roesch 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 in the first round, followed by a win over Alabama's Taylor Striplin by a score of 7-5, 7-5.

In Flight A doubles, the tandem of Doerr and Necajevs knocked off Matias Sigal and Benjamin Smith of North Florida 8-1in the first round while Irey and Lim advanced in Flight B doubles with an 8-6 win over Daniel Harden and Gregory Bekkers of Georgia Southern.

After an opening round 6-3, 6-2 win over Nebraska's Sean Coetzee in Flight A singles, State freshman Artem Kuznetsov fell to Georgia Southern's Nejc Podkrajsec 2-6, 7-5, 7-6(7) in the second round. After dropping his first round match 6-3, 7-6(5) to Milan Krenjetin of Auburn, MSU's Necajevs rebounded to win his first-round consolation match 6-0, 6-2 over Nebraska's Mark Tate.

In other singles action, MSU junior Josh Irey and Doerr dropped their first round match while Irey also fell in first-round consolation action. In other doubles play, the pair of Farlow and Kuznetsov fell 8-4 to Central Florida's Roesch and Brock Sakey.

Two rounds of singles and singles consolation and one round of doubles and doubles consolation will be played on Saturday while the tournament will conclude on Sunday.

Men's Golf
WEST POINT, Miss. - Mississippi State's men's golf team swept both the Cameron Cup and the Magnolia Cup over in-state rival Ole Miss on Friday at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss. The Cameron Cup goes to the winner of the collegiate team while the Magnolia Cup is awarded to the alumni playing in the one-round event.

MState posted a 1-under par round of 287 to win the event. The Bulldogs were led by sophomore Noah Goldman's 3-under par 69 and Jake Lambert's round of 2-under 70. Matt Fast and Carlos Sainz, Jr. rounded out the Maroon and White scorecard posting rounds of 74. The win is the second during the fall season for the State golfers. They previously won the Callis Communications Intercollegiate in Mobile, Ala. earlier in the campaign.

"It's always good to win," said MSU head coach Clay Homan. "We had some pretty good scores and did not have to count anything over a 74. The guys are playing with confidence, but we need to continue to work hard for our next tournament."

Goldman's included four birdies and one lone bogey on the day. Sainz, Jr. made the turn at 2-under par 34 but found trouble on the back nine. Lambert recorded four birdies on the day as well.

"Jake (Lambert) and Noah (Goldman) really stepped up today for us with their under-par rounds," said Homan. "Jake played in the first tournament of the year and did not play well, so for him to come back and shoot low was great for him."

Playing conditions were ideal to begin the day with a cool start and breezy conditions along with faster greens and thicker rough than normal. Old Waverly is prepping for the United States Golf Association's 2006 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur later this month, beginning on Oct. 21.

UM registered an 8-over par 296 on the day and they were led by David Marino's even-par round of 72. The Rebel's Callum Macaulay and Chris Rogers each turned in 1-over par 73s.

State's Alumni won the event for the second consecutive year with a 231 score over the UM alumni who scored a 242.

The Bulldogs return to 54-hole tournament action on Monday, Oct. 16, at the Squire Creek Intercollegiate in Ruston, La. The tournament is being hosted by Louisiana Tech and Squire Creek Golf Club.

Women's Golf
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Mississippi State women's golf squad concluded the first round of the Lady Paladin Invitational on Friday, shooting a 323 and stand in 14th place. The first round of the tournament, which is being held at the Furman University Course, saw only three players break par.

Leading Mississippi State in the first round was senior Amanda Mathis. Mathis fired a 78 and stands in a tie for 26th. Junior Julia Huh and sophomore Leigh Phillips both shot 81 and are in a tie for 54th. Freshman Suzanne Stanley shot an 83 while sophomore Jillian Jones rounded out State's scoring with an 84.

Northwestern University shot a 302 as a team and has the lead in the team competition after the first round. Augusta State is in second, two strokes back and East Tennessee State is in third after a round of 306. Alice Kim of Northwestern and Araceli Felgueroso of Coastal Carolina both shot a 2-under 70 in the first round and share the individual lead.

The second round of the tournament will begin at 7:30 a.m. CT Saturday while the third and final round will begin Sunday at 8:30 a.m. CT.

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