Soccer Defeats MVSU 3-0

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State got goals from Tarah Henderson, Leanna Baldner and Taylor Turnipseed in the final 22 minutes of the opening half to lead the Bulldogs to a 3-0 win over Mississippi Valley State Friday night at the Mississippi State Soccer Field in the season-opener for both teams.

A crowd of 673, the third-most to witness a game at the MSU Soccer Field, witnessed the Bulldogs dominate both sides of the ball. State out-shot the Delta Devilettes 24-2, allowing just one of those shots to come on goal.

Henderson got the scoring started as the freshman from Martinez, Ga., beat her defender and lined her first career goal into the right side of the net at the 14:33 mark of the opening half. State took back control following the kick-off, and just 21 seconds later, sophomore Leanna Baldner from Meridian took a cross pass from freshman Lauren Morgan and punched the ball past MVSU goalkeeper Jordan Thomas to extend the State lead to 2-0.

The 21-second span between goals is the fastest consecutive goals in school history, eclipsing the previous best of 39 seconds set against Chattanooga in 1996.

M-State put the game away seven minutes later as Taylor Turnipseed scored at 21:55 into her collegiate debut, a contest in which the Bulldogs maintained possession the majority of the 90 minutes.

"I thought we played very well in the first half," Bulldog head coach Neil Macdonald said. "We played at a high tempo, scoring three goals in the first 25 minutes. We did the job and finished the game. It was a good solid performance. We played very well defensively, and we had a lot of chances because of that."

State returns to the pitch Friday, Aug. 29, hosting Arkansas-Little Rock at 7 p.m. in the Bulldog Classic presented by Holiday Inn Express. Macdonald's squad closes the tournament Sunday, Aug. 31, taking on Northwestern (La.) State at 2 p.m. Admission to all MSU home soccer matches is free of charge.

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