News from MSU Media Relations--September 29

The lastest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Soccer, Women's Tennis and Women's Golf.

BATON ROUGE, La. - After Mississippi State (4-5-0, 0-1-0) was held without a shot for the entire first half, the Bulldogs picked up the offense in the second half. However, MSU could not hit the back of the net, and fell in its conference-opener, 1-0, to LSU (7-1-2, 1-0-0) at the LSU Soccer Complex.

The game began with neither team getting much offense. But, in the 28th minute, after Mississippi State prevented a shot off of an LSU free kick, the Tigers connected on a corner kick. Taryne Boudreau took the kick from the left corner, sending the ball toward the front of the net. Michelle Makasini headed the ball into the left corner of the net, breaking the tie and giving LSU the 1-0 lead.

The Tigers were inches from making it 2-0. After the teams battled for the ball in front of the net, Amanda Carreno ended up with it to the left of the goal, and sent a shot of the left post, allowing MSU to clear the zone.

Mississippi State got very little offense in the first half, as they were out shot, 4-0. It was the first time all year that the Bulldogs were held without a shot in a half.

Two minutes into the second half, was called for a foul just outside the box, giving LSU a free kick. Boudreau got took the uncontested shot, but MSU goalkeeper Taryn Holland made the diving save.

In the 50th minute, State had its first scoring chance of the game. Mariclaire Fancher sent a cross towards the net for an open Ashley Hood, but LSU netninder Valerie Vogler grabbed the ball just before Hood could reach it.

The Bulldogs seemed to tie the game ten minutes later when Bethany Frazier took Fancher's pass and sent it into the top of the net. However, Frazier was called for late offsides, and LSU kept its 1-0 advantage.

MSU nearly tied it again with 20 minutes remaining. Frazier beat her defender on the right side, crossing the ball towards the net. However, Jessica Davis' header went just over the crossbar.

Davis again was again inches away from tying the game for the Bulldogs, this time with 11 minutes left. After LSU was called for a foul along the goal line, Frazier's free kick was kicked around in front of the net, ending up next to Davis. The senior tried flipping it into the top of the net, but her kick hit the crossbar, and the Tigers got it out of the zone to preserve their lead.

Mississippi State continues its road trip on Sunday when they travel to Arkansas for a 1 p.m. (CT) match.

Women's Tennis
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Mississippi State Lady Netters advanced two doubles teams to the finals of the Roberta Alison Fall Classic Friday. State also had two singles players win their opening round matches on the first day of play.

In doubles, Elna de Villiers and Valeriya Makarycheva advanced to the finals of the White bracket by defeating the Auburn-Montgomery tandem of Khady Berthe and Natalie Sienkob 8-6 in the opening round and then beating Maerel Beelen and Lynne Poggensee-Wei 9-7 of Iowa in the semis.

Into the finals of the Gold bracket is the Lady Bulldog team of Renée Joseph and Daniela Juskova. In the opening round, they defeated UNC-Greensboro's Brittany Cloer and Erica Zabkar 8-5. They moved on to claim victory over Jil Hastenrath and Mary Claire Slade of Auburn 8-4.

MState's other doubles pair of Martina Banikova and Radka Ferancova won their opening round match against Andrea Brenes and Tiffany Welcher of Alabama 8-0. However, they ran into the 27th-ranked team of Carolina Walter and Tapiwa Marobela of Florida State in the semifinals, where they lost a tiebreaker 9-8.

In singles action Mississippi State's Juskova and de Villiers each won their opening round matches in the Silver and Bronze brackets, respectively. Juskova went up against Valeria Behr of UNC-Greensboro and came away with the victory 6-3, 6-1. In de Villiers' opening round match, she defeated Stephanie Viera of Troy in three sets 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.

All of MSU's other singles entries dropped their opening-round matches but will resume play tomorrow in the consolation rounds of their respective brackets.

Play resumes Saturday at 9 a.m. CT at the University of Alabama Varsity Courts.

Women's Golf
Starkville, Miss. - The Mississippi State women's golf team will begin play Saturday at the Wildcat Fall Invitational held at the University of Kentucky's Big Blue Course in Lexington, Ky. The Lady Bulldogs will join 13 other teams, three which are ranked in the nation's top 25.

Competing for MSU this weekend will be Senior Julia Huh, sophomores Suzanne Stanley and Gina Sharp along with a pair of freshmen in Mallory Batson and Erika Thornton. All five played in the season opening tournament in Charleston, S.C. Currently, Huh and Stanley lead the team in stroke average with a 74.67.

"The team needs to continue to be consistent in their scoring average for us to be strong contenders this week," said MSU head coach Christi Sanders. "We are up against a tougher field in this event from the past, but are excited to play a course that three of the players have experience on. The University Club of Kentucky is a very good, challenging golf course and can be extremely tough if the wind picks up."

Last season, MSU senior Amanda Mathis won individual honors at the tournament, shooting a 225. As a team, MSU finished in ninth place.

Play will begin Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. CT while Monday's round will get under way at 8:30 a.m.

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