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Sullivan's Two Goals Give MSU 3-2 Win Over Ole Miss, Magnolia Cup

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The Bulldogs celebrate with the Magnolia Cup following a 3-2, double-overtime win against Ole Miss.
Photo Courtesy of Bill Simmonds

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Junior Elisabeth Sullivan scored twice, including the golden goal in the second overtime, and senior Skylar Rosson made 10 saves in her final match as the Mississippi State soccer team wrapped the season by claiming the Magnolia Cup with a 3-2 win against rival Ole Miss.

Sullivan's two-goal effort was her school-record fourth of the season. She ended her junior campaign with 12 goals, a mark that ties her for second in MSU single-season records.

The Memphis, Tenn., native gave Mississippi State possession of the Magnolia Cup in the 104th minute when she dribbled past a defender and buried the shot past UM goalie Kelly McCormick.

The golden goal also gave Sullivan the Mississippi State career goals record after she tied the top mark on a putback in the 73rd minute to give MSU a 2-0 lead.

"Elisabeth is a remarkable player with the ball at her feet," MSU head coach Neil Macdonald said. "She is a handful for any back four, and tonight she did what she's done so many times for us, which is score important goals."

Both teams exploded on offense following a scoreless opening half.

Mississippi State (9-10-1, 2-10-1 SEC) took the lead in the 66th minute on a ball that was directed in by a Rebel defender for an own goal.

Seven minutes later, Sullivan put the Dawgs in front 2-0 with her 11th goal of the season. Madison McKee hit a shot off the left post that deflected past McCormick, who made one save in the contest. Sullivan raced toward the line and tapped the ball home to extend the lead.

The Rebels (12-8-0, 5-8-0 SEC) rallied, though, cutting into the deficit with a Sara Coleman putback off a free kick in the 77th minute.

Mississippi State continued to fight off Ole Miss attacks until the 79th minute when Rafaelle Souza leveled the match with her 12th goal of the season, a header to the near post.

Ole Miss had a chance to take the win in the first overtime, but Rosson made a fantastic diving save on an Erin Emerson shot to the left post.

In the second overtime session she denied a Mandy McCalla attempt to setup Sullivan's winner.

"The girls battled hard. We knew Ole Miss played a high back line, so we tried to take advantage of it by playing early balls over the top," Macdonald said. "The front line did a very good job in the second half and beyond. I have to give a lot of credit to our team for the way they kept fighting.

Rosson faced 13 Rebel on-target chances in the match. The Bulldogs made the most of their chances, converting on three of their four on-goal attempts.

Rosson ended her MSU career with 337 saves, second-most in MSU history. She also recorded five shutouts on the season, giving her a Bulldog-best 12 career blank sheets.


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