STARKVILLE, Miss. - Two goals in the final seven minutes gave the Mississippi State (5-6-0, 1-2-0 SEC) soccer squad a 3-1 victory over Alabama (8-3-1, 1-1-1 SEC) Friday evening at the MSU Soccer Field.
"I was very happy with the way we played," said MSU head coach Neil MacDonald. "I thought we put in 90 minutes of hard work. The first half in particular we did a great job of getting our left and right back into play. We dominated the possession tonight and we deserved to win."
With the game tied at one, Meredith Jacobson dribbled up the middle of the field before passing off to Lauren Host in the box. Host turned and sent a shot past Alabama goalkeeper Justine Bernier, giving MSU its second lead of the game. The goal was Host's first career, as well as Jacobson's first career point.
Six minutes later, Katelyn Graben dribbled down the right side of the field after beating her defender. She then passed in front of the net to Leanna Baldner, who was taken down. But, Baldner, lying on her back, continually swiped at the ball with her right foot, eventually getting it to cross over the goal line with 40 seconds remaining.
Both teams had chances in the first half. In the 13th minute, after MSU cleared the ball past its own goal line, Jamie Zimmerman took the ensuing corner kick and put it in front of the State net. Danielle Bernier got her head on it, but the ball hit the bottom of the crossbar and stayed out of the net.
Treena Ferguson had a chance to give the Bulldogs the lead in the 25th minute. UA attempted to clear the ball, but Ferguson blocked it. She then turned a fired a shot from 25 yards away towards the top right corner. But, Bernier got her hand on it, knocking it into the post.
With four minutes left in the first half, Brooke Rogers dribbled the ball down the left side of the field, and took a shot from ten feet out. However, MSU goalkeeper Taryn Holland made the save, and the teams went into halftime knotted at one.
Mississippi State broke the scoreless tie two minutes into the second half. After the teams battled at midfield for the ball, Ferguson came up with it, and fired a shot over Bernier's head into the top of the net, giving State the 1-0 lead. It was the senior's sixth goal of the season, and MSU's first goal in 340:06.
However, the Crimson Tide knotted the game at one in the 15th minute. After Holland made the save on Rosaly Petriello's point blank shot, the sophomore netminder overran the ball, and Kelly King knocked in her second goal of the year.
Mississippi State continues its home stand this Sunday. MSU will host Auburn at 1 p.m. (CT). The Bulldogs will then host No. 20 South Carolina on Friday, October 12, at 7 p.m. (CT), before facing Florida on Sunday, October 7, at 12 p.m. (CT).
WEST POINT, Miss. - For the second year in a row, the Mississippi State Bulldogs men's golf team swept both the Magnolia Cup and Cameron Cup in their dual match with their in-state rivals Mississippi at Old Waverly Golf Club on Friday. 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.
In the Cameron Cup MSU posted a 15-under par with a round of 273 to beat the Rebels who finished at 9-under par with a round of 279. MSU's Noah Goldman, for the second straight year, led the Bulldogs to the Cameron Cup title, firing a round of 66 to go 6-under par for the Bulldogs. It was the second year in a row Goldman was named the Magnolia Cup medalists and was also the second lowest score in Magnolia Cup history, one stroke shy of former Bulldog golfer Michael Knight, who shot a 65 in Cup play in 2005.
"Noah has come out two years in a row and claimed the Cup medal and that is an impressive feat. We are finally getting some under par scores we need to be a competitive team and this is a good boost for our fall season," said MState head coach Clay Homan.
Josh Bevell, coming off as the team's top finisher in their previous tournament notched a 67 on the day to finish at 5-under par. Junior Matt Fast saw his first action in the fall season and stroked a 69 for 3-under par, while redshirt senior Josh Oller rounded off MState's score, with a 1-under par round of 71.
Juniors Logan Young and Carlos Sainz, Jr. also were in action today for the Maroon and White, and posted scores of 72 and 73 for the Bulldogs.
The Rebels were led by junior Jesse Speirs, who shot at 5-under par on the day with a round of 67. Freshman Jonathan Randolph helped Ole Miss with a score of 69 at 3-under par, while senior Kyle Ellis finished at 1-under par with a score of 71. Rounding out UM's score total was junior Hugh Muse, who finished even-par with a round of 72.
MSU's alumni won the event for the third straight year, and continue to own the Rebels in this annual event, as the Bulldogs posted a 229, one-stroke higher than UM's 230. It was the closest score in the Cup's three year history, in which the Bulldogs have claimed all three Magnolia Cups.
The Bulldogs claim the Cameron Cup for the second straight year and move ahead in the series at 2-1 against Ole Miss in match play.
MSU will return to 54-hole tournament action on Monday October 8, when the Bulldogs travel to Memphis, where they will compete in the Memphis Intercollegiate at the par-72 Colonial Country Club.