STARKVILLE, Miss. – A four-match road swing concludes this weekend as the Mississippi State soccer team heads south to meet Southeastern Louisiana and in-state foe Southern Miss.
The Bulldogs first venture to Hammond, La., for the first time, taking on Southeastern Louisiana Friday in a 4 p.m. kickoff.
Aaron Gordon’s squad wraps the trek at Southern Miss on Sunday. Opening kick for that contest is set for 1 p.m.
Mississippi State returns to action looking to improve on a 2-2 start to the season. The Dawgs are coming off a trip to Fort Myers, Fla., where they knocked off Florida Atlantic 3-1 before falling 2-1 to host Florida Gulf Coast in the Embassy Suites Classic championship game.
Senior Elisabeth Sullivan continued a sizzling start to the season, scoring a goal in each contest to bring her 2013 tally to an SEC second-most five.
The Memphis native has scored in all four matches this season, and she has tallied a goal in a school-record six-straight contests dating back to the 2012 campaign.
Sullivan has benefited from the addition of freshman Annebel ten Broeke to the Bulldog midfield. The Amsterdam, Netherlands, native has claimed two of her SEC third-most three assists on Sullivan goals.
Ten Broeke has claimed a point in each of the last three matches. That run began against Arkansas State on Aug. 25 when she tallied five points on two goals and an assist.
Grimes has also gotten in on the offense, assisting on a pair of goals this season. Winship, who earned co-captain honors Wednesday, has been solid between the posts, stopping 10 shots while surrendering four goals.
The Ridgeland, Miss., native registered a season-high seven stops against FGCU, including several breakaways and a penalty kick.
Mississippi State makes its first visit to Hammond looking to improve on a 3-0 advantage in the series. The teams opened the 2012 season in Starkville, with the Bulldogs taking a 2-1 win behind a winner from Sasha Vrany.
The Bulldogs face another first-year coach Sunday when they travel to Hattiesburg to meet Mohammed El-Zare’s Golden Eagles.State leads USM 5-1-1 and has gone unbeaten since dropping the series opener in 2002. MSU took a 1-0 overtime decision in Starkville last season after the squads played to a scoreless draw in Hattiesburg the year prior.