Bulldog Soccer Returns Home To Host Georgia, Arkansas
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Fresh off a four-game road trip, the Mississippi State soccer team begins the regular season's final stretch by hosting Georgia and Arkansas this weekend at the MSU Soccer Field.
Head coach Neil Macdonald's squad meets Georgia at 7 p.m. Friday. The Bulldogs make their national-television debut on Sunday, hosting Arkansas on ESPNU at 3 p.m.
MSU meets the SEC Eastern Division Bulldogs on Friday as part of 4-H Night. In addition to recognizing area 4-H clubs, the Bulldogs will also host Facebook Friday giveaways along with other contests and a post-match autograph session with the team.
On Sunday, Mississippi State will show its support to the fight against breast cancer in its annual "Kick For The Cure" game. The first 250 fans will receive a free pair of pink Hail State sunglasses.
In addition to "Kick for the Cure," Sunday's contest will also be Starkville Soccer Association Day and Office of Diversity and Equity Family Day.
Following Sunday's game, the Bulldog players and coaches will host a free youth skills clinic.
The Bulldogs split the final weekend of the four-match road trip to move to 8-8-1 overall and 1-8-1 in the SEC. Mississippi State defeated Alabama 3-2 last Friday in Tuscaloosa before capping the weekend with a tough 4-1 setback to No. 12 Florida.
Junior forward Elisabeth Sullivan notched two goals and assisted the other for the Bulldogs in the win in Tuscaloosa. Sullivan now has a team-leading 22 points on the season with nine goals and four assists.
The Memphis, Tenn., native enters the season's final three matches with 20-career goals, two back of tying the MSU record.
State's other two goals on the weekend came off the feet of freshmen Halee Heltsley and Honeye Heydari. Heltsley netted her second goal of the year to erase a 1-0 halftime deficit against the Crimson Tide.
After adding her fifth assist of the season on Friday, Heydari netted her first conference goal against the Gators on Sunday. The Jackson, Tenn., native has tallied a team second-most 17 points on six goals and five assists.
Defensively, CJ Winship is set to make her second start for the Bulldogs in goal with Skylar Rosson having to sit out for the red card she picked up against Florida. Winship made her first start earlier in the year in 1-0 home setback to LSU.
MSU enters Friday's match looking to avenge last season's tough 4-3 double-overtime loss in Athens. Sullivan and Jasmine Simmons each scored in that game, while Rosson made a school-record 19 saves.
This season's Georgia squad is 6-9-2 overall and 2-6-2 in league play following home setbacks to Auburn and Kentucky last weekend.
Meghan Gibbons and Bella Hartley top UGA with 8 points and four goals each.