MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Down 4-2 with 5:38 to play, Mississippi State (2-2-0) scored twice to tie the game, and seemingly sending the game into overtime. But, Middle Tennessee scored with 47 seconds remaining, and MSU fell to the Blue Raiders, 5-4 at the MTSU Tournament.
State cut the game to 4-3 with 5:38 to play. After a Blue Raider foul, Bethany Frazier's free kick was headed in by Graben, giving the Bulldogs some life. State tied the game with 1:10 to play, as Jessica Davis knocked in another Frazier free kick. However, just seconds later, Jessica Threlkeld beat MSU netminder Stephanie Dallas to the ball, flipping it past her and into the net, giving MTSU the 5-4 victory.
Middle Tennessee took the play to State to begin the game. Just 1:32 into the game, Kala Morgan sent a cross towards the front of the net, where Jen Threlkeld tapped the ball into the right corner, giving MTSU the early 1-0 lead.
Ten minutes in, the MSU offense began to show some life. After Jessica Davis' shot from 20 yards out went wide, Ashley Hood had two quick shots on goal, but Blue Raider goalkeeper Erynn Murray made the save both times.
The Bulldogs kept the pressure on, and they broke through at the 21:10 mark. Anna Goblirsch picked up the ball in the defensive zone, and sent a pass up the middle to Katelyn Graben. Graben dribbled up the middle before dropping the ball off to Ferguson, who went in all alone on the Murray. Ferguson slid the ball under a charging Murray, scoring her third goal of the year and tying the game at one.
MSU had a chance to take the lead in the 28th minute. Graben stole the ball from Holly Grogan deep in the State offensive zone, and dropped it off to Ferguson, who fired a shot on goal. But, Murray made the save, keeping the game knotted at one.
The teams traded chances in the 33rd minute. Kayle Harris sent a point-blank header off a free kick right at MSU netminder Taryn Holland, who made the save. Seconds later, after battling for the ball in front of the MTSU net, Ferguson sent a shot just wide of the goal.
With 8:23 remaining in the first half, Mississippi State took its first lead of game. After battling at midfield, Graben corralled the ball and passed it to Ferguson, who immediately fired a shot into the right corner from 25 yards out. It was her second goal of the game and fourth of the season.
MSU outshot the Blue Raiders in the first half, 12-5, putting six shots on net.
Middle Tennessee came out in the second half, controlling the play. Thirty-seven seconds in, the Blue Raiders tied the game. After an MSU foul at the top of the box, Holly Grogan sent the free kick into the left corner for her second goal of the season. Three minutes later, Morgan sent a long cross from the left side of the field toward Grogan, who fired a shot high over the net.
MTSU retook the lead at the 56:51 mark. Morgan passed the ball to Katherine Andresen down the left side of the field. Andresen then fired a cross to the back end off the net, where Francesca Howells headed it into the goal.
MState got its first scoring chance of the second half 27 minutes in. After an MTSU foul, Bethany Frazier sent a free kick from 40 yards out, where Davis headed the ball in front of the net. But, Murray was there to make the save.
Howells scored her second goal of the game with just over eight minutes remaining in the game, heading in a pass from Grogan.
Mississippi State returns to action this Friday when they open their 2007 home schedule. The Bulldogs will face Central Florida at 7 p.m. (CT), before hosting Rice on Sunday, September 16 at 12 p.m. (CT).
Hanahan, S.C. - The Mississippi State women's golf team fired a 299 in the opening round of the Cougar Classic on Sunday and stand in a tie for 12th at the season opening tournament at the Yeaman's Hall Golf Club in Hanahan, S.C. State stands two stokes back of 10th place and eight strokes back of sixth heading into the second round.
Pacing MSU on the first day with a 1-over 73 was sophomore Suzanne Stanley. The Decatur, Ala., native sits in a tie for 27th heading into Monday's second round. One stroke back of Stanley is senior Julia Huh and sophomore Gina Sharp. Both fired rounds of 74 and are in a tie for 35th. True freshman Erika Thornton began her Lady Bulldog career carding a six-over 78 in the first round. Mallory Batson, also a true freshman, fired an 80 to round out scoring for State. Sunday's round of 299 by the Lady Bulldogs was the best season opening round since the 2000-01
Atop the team leaderboard after round one are Alabama and LSU. Both shot rounds of 286 and lead third-place team Notre Dame by a stroke. In the individual competition, Notre Dame's Lisa Maunu finished with a 6-under 66 and stands on top by two strokes.
Play will continue Monday with the second round beginning at 6:40 a.m. CT. Tuesday's final round will be a shotgun start. Live scoring for the event is available at golfstat.com.