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Senior Skylar Rosson made 13 saves in last season's 1-0 upset of Florida. Rosson and the Bulldogs travel to Gainesville Sunday afternoon.
Photo Courtesy of Bill Simmonds

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State looks to build on the momentum of Friday's thrilling 3-2 win at Alabama as it ventures to Gainesville to meet No. 12 Florida at 1 p.m. Sunday in a game televised by Comcast Sports Southeast.

Head coach Neil Macdonald's squad earned three valuable points in SEC play as it scored three goals in the game's final 15 minutes to erase a 1-0 halftime deficit.

The Bulldogs enter Sunday's televised contest 8-7-1 overall and 1-7-1 in the SEC.

Freshman Halee Heltsley leveled the match before junior Elisabeth Sullivan scored the go-ahead goal moments later. After Alabama equalized, Sullivan put home the winner with just over two minutes left in regulation.

Sullivan posted her third multiple-goal game of the season, a mark that ties Shannon Walsh and Treena Ferguson for the most in Bulldog career records.

Sullivan scored her eighth and ninth goals of the season, tying her for the fourth-most goals in a season. She also assisted Heltsley's goal, giving her 22 points on the year to match Meredith Riekert for fifth-most by a Bulldog.

The Memphis native has enjoyed a banner season on the pitch. Now with 20 goals for her career, she enters Sunday's match two back of the school record held by Riekert and Amy Van Zandt.

Mississippi State's defense fought off a number of Alabama challenges, with Skylar Rosson making six saves in goal.

Rosson has 74 saves on the season and 323 for her career, 45 back of the top mark held by Taryn Holland.

Rosson and her teammates will be vying for a second-straight win against Florida after last season's 1-0 upset of a then-No. 11 Gators squad in Starkville.

In that contest, Sullivan scored the winner 37 seconds after the opening whistle, and the State defense made it stand behind 13 saves from Rosson.

Sunday's match will be the final home action of the season for Florida. The Gators rallied in the second half as well Friday night to claim a 2-1 win against No. 14 Missouri.

The win jumped Florida to the top of the SEC table with an 11-3-1 overall record and 8-1-0 conference tally.

Havana Solaun leads the Gators' offensive attack with five goals and 14 points, while Erika Tymrak has a team-high five assists to go along with three goals.

Taylor Burke has played every match in goal, stopping 39 shots while surrendering 15 goals.

Fans can follow Bulldog soccer on Twitter (www.twitter.com/mstateSOC) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/mstateSOC) for updates on the match.


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