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MSU Soccer Hosts No. 23 Tennessee Sunday Afternoon

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STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State looks to rebound from its first home setback of the season when it hosts No. 23 Tennessee Sunday in a 1 p.m. kickoff at the MSU Soccer Field.

Admission to the match is free, and in addition to an abundance of in-game giveaways, the Bulldogs will host a free clinic for youth age 12 and under following the contest. At 4 p.m., the Mississippi State players will sign autographs at L.A. Green Boutique, The Sundial Boutique, Harmonie Boutique and R. Tabb & Co.

Fans unable to make it to the match can watch the free video stream at www.hailstate.com/hstvlive. Fans can also follow the Bulldogs on Twitter (www.twitter.com/mstateSOC) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/mstateSOC).

Head coach Neil Macdonald's Mississippi State squad will be aiming to bounce back following a tough 4-2 setback to Vanderbilt in Friday night's SEC home opener.

Junior Elisabeth Sullivan matched her career high with two goals, but it wasn't enough as State fell to 7-2-1 overall, 0-2-1 in the league.

The Memphis native's 2012 goals tally, a personal best, is tied for seventh-best in a season, and her 18 career goals are the fifth-most by a Bulldog. In addition to eclipsing former Bulldog Shannon Walsh on the career goals list, Sullivan also passed her on the points chart with 47.

Sullivan and freshman Honeye Heydari will look to challenge a tough Tennessee defense. Heydari has been brilliant in her rookie season, compiling 14 points on five goals and four assists.

Senior Skylar Rosson made eight saves in Friday night's setback. The Edmond, Okla., native, who set the MSU career shutouts record last weekend, enters Sunday's match with 38 saves on the season and 287 for her career, four shy of tying Kirstin Olson for second-most by a Bulldog.

MSU heads into Sunday looking to upset a third-straight ranked opponent at home following last season's wins against No. 20 Auburn and 11th-ranked Florida.

The last time Tennessee came to Starkville boasting a national ranking was 2006 when the Dawgs knocked off a then-No. 8 Lady Vols squad 3-2.

First-year UT coach Brian Pensky has his squad at 6-2-2 overall and 1-1-1 in league play following a 2-1 road setback to Florida on Friday.

Hannah Wilkinson scored the Lady Vols' lone goal, her third strike in five matches.

Amy Harrison has scored a team-high four goals to equal Kylie Bono and Caroline Brown with eight points.

Julie Eckel has proven to be one of the SEC's top goalkeepers, stopping 30 shots while conceding six goals.
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