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Soccer Heads To Sunshine State For Embassy Suites Classic

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STARKVILLE, Miss. – A four-game roadtrip gets underway this weekend as the Mississippi State soccer team heads to Fort Myers, Fla., for the Embassy Suites Classic hosted by Florida Gulf Coast.

Aaron Gordon’s squad opens tournament action against Florida Atlantic at 3:30 p.m. CST on Friday. The team wraps the weekend by challenging the host Eagles in a Noon CST first kick on Sunday.

The Bulldogs will be making their second trip to Florida for non-conference action, with hopes of replicating the success of the first trip that saw the 2009 squad defeat North Florida and FGCU in Jacksonville to win the Ponte Vedra Showcase.

This year’s Mississippi State contingent heads to the Sunshine State 1-1 overall and riding the momentum of a dominant 4-0 win against Arkansas State in last Sunday’s home opener.

Elisabeth Sullivan looks to continue a sizzling start to her final season. The Memphis native has scored an SEC second-best three goals so far, including two strikes against ASU.

Sullivan’s second goal on Sunday gave her the Mississippi State career points record with 64, and she also matched the school record with her fourth-straight game with a goal.

Freshman Annebel ten Broeke also had a sensational showing against the Red Wolves, notching her first two collegiate goals and assisting another for five points.

In goal, senior CJ Winship and freshman Meara Johnson have split halves the first two matches. The two combined for five saves in the shutout on Sunday after making a save each in the season opener, a 3-2 setback at South Alabama.

The pair will look to card another blank sheet on Friday against a Florida Atlantic squad that is 0-2 and has yet to find the back of the net.

Claire Emslie has created the most chances for the Owls, and she is the team’s returning offensive leader from a year ago, scoring 10 goals and assisting two more for 22 points.

Courtney Zwetsch has seen all the minutes in the net, stopping five shots while surrendering three strikes.

Florida Gulf Coast boasts a 1-1 ledger after taking a 5-0 home decision against Albany and falling 3-1 to Florida in Gainesville.

FGCU enters 2013 looking to build on last season’s success that saw the program go 14-4-3 and advance to the NCAA Tournament.

Ally Kasun was a big contributor to that squad, striking seven goals and seven assists. She is one of six Eagles with a goal this season, and she has also tallied an assist for a team-best three points.

Brittany Brown returned between the pipes, halting 12 shots while conceding three goals.

Fans can follow Bulldog soccer on Twitter (@HailStateSOC), Facebook (HailStateSOC) and Instagram (HailStateSOC). Mississippi State athletics can also be found on FanCred by going to http://www.fancred.com/go/hailstate/.
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