STARKVILLE, Miss. - Elisabeth Sullivan scored her 10th goal of the season Sunday afternoon, but the Mississippi State soccer team was unable to overcome two late goals by Arkansas' Andrea Carlson as it fell 2-1 at the MSU Soccer Field.
Sunday's match drew a crowd of 865, the second-largest this season and third-most in school history.
Sullivan's tally is the fourth-most in a season. The Memphis native became the first Bulldog to net double-digit goals since Jessie Moore and Amy Van Zandt in 2001.
Now with 21 goals for her career, the Bulldogs' junior forward needs one goal to tie Meredith Riekert and Van Zandt for the school record.
Sullivan's goal came 16 minutes in off a Shelby Jordan throw-in. Jordan hurled the ball into the Arkansas box, and Sullivan made a move past her defender before tapping the ball into the goal.
Mississippi State (8-10-1 overall, 1-10-1 SEC) took the one-goal advantage to halftime thanks to four opening-half saves from CJ Winship.
The Bulldogs out-worked the Razorbacks for the majority of the match, taking an 11-9 shots advantage over the final stanza.
However, Arkansas (9-8-1, 6-5-1 SEC) managed to find two goals from Carlson in the game's final 28 minutes to rally for the win.
"I'm disappointed with the result because I thought we played well throughout the course of the game. We had some good chances to win it, but we didn't take them," MSU head coach Neil Macdonald said. "The performance today was much better than Friday night. It was one of those games that could have gone either way."
Carlson leveled the match in the 63rd minute when she headed in a Taylor Green free kick just inside the back post.
Arkansas' Jeriann Okoro had a chance to give her team the lead in the 81st minute, but Winship made the save, giving her five on the afternoon.
The Bulldogs countered and found a breakaway opportunity for freshman Halee Heltsley, but her chance to give MSU the lead was blocked on a diving save from Razorback goalie Kelly Roliard, who had four saves on the afternoon.
Carlson made Arkansas' final chance count, as she scored on a corner kick with just over a minute remaining. Yvonne DesJarlais sent the corner kick across the Mississippi State net to Haley Hatcher. Hatcher made a turn and fired a shot that deflected off a Bulldog defender right to Carlson for the one-timer into the near post.
Mississippi State wraps the season Thursday, hosting rival Ole Miss at 7 p.m. in the annual battle for the Magnolia Cup. Thursday's game will also be Senior Night, as State will recognize Jennifer Grant, Katy Hoover, Madison McKee, Lauren Morgan, Skylar Rosson, Jasmine Simmons, Zehra Syed and Julie Waddle prior to kickoff.
ARKANSAS9-8-1 (6-5-1 SEC) vs. Mississippi State8-10-1 (1-10-1 SEC)
Date: Oct 21, 2012 Attendance: 865
Weather: Clear skies, temps in mid-70s
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
ARKANSAS............ 0 2 - 2
Mississippi State... 1 0 - 1
2. 62:22 ARKANSAS Andrea Carlson (2) (Taylor Green) - Cross from free kick headed in at back post
3. 88:47 ARKANSAS Andrea Carlson (3) (Haley Hatcher) - Shot off deflection at near post
Shots: ARKANSAS 19, Mississippi State 15
Saves: ARKANSAS 4 (Kelly Roliard 4), Mississippi State 5 (Cj Winship