ROCKY FACE, GA. - The 28th-ranked Mississippi State men's golf team is in 12th place through the first round at the Carpet Capital Classic in Rocky Face, Ga. The Bulldogs began play on the back nine and finished the day with an 11-over-par, 299 at the par-72 Farm Golf Club.
"We played okay at times today," said Coach Clay Homan. "These are probably the fastest greens we will play on this year, resulting in some high scores."
Senior Matt Fast led the way for MState carding an even-par 72 in round one and sits in a tie for 14th place. The Hattiesburg, Miss.-native's first five holes of the day included two birdies and an eagle and he finished off the day with another birdie. Junior Carlos Sainz, Jr. is in a tie for 22nd, finishing with a 1-over-par round 73, which included a team-high five birdies. Carlos and Matt are both 4-under par on par-5s which is tied for first place in the tournament. Redshirt freshman Lee Heaton, making his collegiate début, notched a 4-over-par 76 in round one. Senior Noah Goldman posted a score of 78 as did redshirt junior Brian Mason who finished round one with back-to-back birdies.
"Matt played really well today and got off to a great start," said Homan. "Carlos played steady all day and really helped us out with his play, while Lee was able to hang in there and give us a good outing for his first-ever tournament."
East Tennessee State posted the only team score under par at one-under par 287, placing them in first place after day one. Central Florida stands alone in second with a 1-over-par 288 followed closely by in-state rival Mississippi with a 2-over-par 289. Clemson and Chattanooga are in a tie for fourth with a 3-over-par, 290. SEC-foes South Carolina and Tennessee round out the top six by shooting a 6-over-par, 294.
"We learned a lot about the golf course today," said Homan. "We look forward to coming out tomorrow and playing even better."
Mississippi State will resume play tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. EST. Live stats will be available at www.mstateathletics.com.
MOBILE, Ala. - Sophomore Danielle Kite's first career goal proved to be all the offense the Mississippi State soccer team would need as the Bulldogs held on for a 1-0 win over South Alabama on a windy Friday night at The Cage in Mobile, Ala.
The Bulldogs, who moved to 3-3 on the year, out-shot the Jaguars (1-5) 14-5 in a game that was played in wind gusts in excess of 20 mph. State claimed an 11-3 shot margin in the opening half, and seven of State's eight shots on goal came in the first 45 minutes.
"The first half was the best 45 minutes that we've played this season," Bulldog head coach Neil Macdonald said. "We played good soccer in difficult conditions. We created a lot of opportunities. It was tougher in the second half with the wind against us, but we defended very well. We didn't create quite as much in the second half, but overall, I'm very pleased with our performance tonight."
The Bulldogs were unable to convert some early scoring chances in the contest, but constant offensive pressure finally paid off at the 32:36 mark. Sophomore Leanna Baldner sent a ball into the box from the left side, and Kevyn Shelledy deflected it to Kite, who punched it past USA goalkeeper Kelsie Langford to give State the eventual game-winning goal.
Baldner, a Meridian, Miss., native notched her team-leading second assist of the season on the play, while Shelledy, a senior from Tomball, Texas, claimed her first of the year.
Shelledy had an opportunity to extend the MState lead to 2-0 in the 41st minute, but her shot off a Meredith Jacobson pass deflected off the right post.
The Maroon and White took the one-goal advantage to the half, and facing the gusty winds in the second half, utilized a strong defensive effort to turn back a late surge from the host Jaguars.
Mississippi State junior goalkeeper Taryn Holland stopped three shots in the contest, two of those in the final 45 minutes. The Franklin, Tenn., native's trio of stops moves her one behind Krystal Werges on the all-time career saves list with 174.
State closes out the tournament and a four-match road swing Sunday, taking on Nicholls State in a match set for a 2 p.m. start.