STARKVILLE, MISS. - For the first time in three years, the Magnolia Cup will be housed in Oxford. Mississippi State fell to Ole Miss, 2-0, in its season-finale at the MSU Soccer Field. With the loss, the Bulldogs finish the year 2-6-0, 1-10-0 in the SEC.
Play began with both teams taking an up tempo pace. Less than four minutes in, Jessica Davis shot from 25 yards out was saved by UM netminder Ann Shelton.
The Rebels had a chance in the 16th minute. Hannah Weatherly passed the ball up the middle to Lyndsey Williams who split the defense and rifled a shot off the crossbar.
In the 28th minute, Ole Miss began to pepper Dallas with shots. Dallas stopped Jennifer Hance's point blank shot, then denied Christine Liberto on the rebound. However, she could not stop the third attempt, as Weatherly put back the rebound for a 1-0 Ole Miss lead.
Katie Lynn Harden immediately took the following possession, dribbled up the middle and sent a shot sailing toward the net. However, the ball hit the crossbar, and the game stayed 1-0.
Seven minutes later, UM struck again. Liberto dribbled down the ride side, past a State defender before passing the ball to Chrissy Strini. Strini turned and rocketed a shot past Dallas for a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.
MSU came out of the half and immediately applied pressure. Three minutes in, Jessica Davis dribbled up the middle and fired a shot at Shelton. Brandi Parker followed that with a shot that went just wide.
But, the game settled down, and neither team was able to get much offense the rest of the way.
Ole Miss outshot MSU 15-8 for the game. Stephanie Dallas made seven saves.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - On the second day at the Crimson Tide Fall Championships, the Mississippi State men's tennis squad had another solid day, winning six matches against Nebraska. The Bulldogs took 5 of the 7 singles matches and split the doubles matches played.
MSU senior Ivan Bjelica, ranked 42nd nationally, defeated Nebraska's Adrian Szatmary in straight sets by a score 6-4, 6-0. State junior Philippe Frayssinoux took down James Clow 7-6(5), 7-5 while Bulldog freshman Pjotrs Necajevs beat Mark Tate 7-5, 6-4. Also victorious for State was Eric Lim who knocked off Nebraska's Francois Van Impe 6-3, 6-1 while sophomore Ryan Farlow won 6-3, 6-0 over Cornhusker Arturo Navarro. In other singles matches, State freshman Artem Kuznetsov fell in a close 7-6, 6-7, 1-0(5) battle to Hendrick Stahmer while MSU junior Josh Irey also fell in three sets to Karl Jones by a score of 6-7, 6-0, 1-0(5).
In doubles, only two matches were played with the teams splitting them. State's Irey and Lim knocked off Nebraska's Clow and Vand Impe 8-6 while the duo of Farlow and Necajevs fell 8-6 to Szatmary and Tate.
"It was tough for us going from indoors back outdoors today," said MSU head coach Sylvain Guichard. "However, our guys played tough and I think we were pretty productive."
State will continue play at the Crimson Tide Fall Championships Saturday, matching up with Georgia Tech. Doubles is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by singles at 2 p.m.
AUBURN, Ala. - The first round of the Derby Invitational was canceled Friday after heavy rainfall in the Auburn area. The tournament format has changed and will now only be 36 holes. The first 18 holes will be played Saturday while the second and final round will be played Sunday.
Play will begin with a shotgun start both days and can be followed through live scoring at www.golfstat.com.
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State men's and women's cross country teams will vie for the Southeastern Conference titles on Saturday, Oct. 28, at Highland Road Park in the Baton Rouge, La. area. The conference event will get underway with the running of the women's 6K at 9 a.m. followed by the men's 8K race.
The last time out on the competition course for the State squads was two weeks ago at the Chili Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, Ark. The women claimed 10th place while the men finished 13th in the competitive field of teams at the event. Senior Travis McKay has paced the 2006 Bulldog squad, having crossed the finish line as MSU's top-finisher in all four events of the seasons. On the women's side, senior Jennifer McPherson has led the Lady Bulldogs in two of the four meets of the campaign.
Last season, the State women placed sixth in the conference championship and the MState men finished eighth. The Tennessee Lady Vols claimed the league title in 2005 in Columbia, S.C. along with the Arkansas Razorbacks winning their 15th consecutive championship. State's best finish on the women's ledger was a third-place finish in 1991 while the men captured the crown in the 1956 edition of the SEC Championship.
Following the conference meet, MSU will travel to Knoxville, Tenn. for the NCAA South Regional on Nov. 11.