The Bulldogs return home from a four-match roadtrip 2-3 on the season. Southern Miss improved to 4-1-1.
“It was a pretty even game through most of the match. Both teams had chances, but neither team was able to really dominate in the first half. We started well in the second half, but all the injuries and illnesses we’ve had caught up to us and they were able to score late. We tried to push forward looking for the equalizer, and unfortunately, they were able to score another one,” Aaron Gordon said. “We have to try and get healthy and get back to work to get ready for Furman and Jackson State to come to town this weekend.”
Mississippi State’s CJ Winship made eight saves in the contest as she faced 20 USM shots. Brittany Taylor proved equally tough in goal, halting all 10 of the Dawgs’ on-goal chances.
Both teams traded scoring chances, but neither squad could break through until the 75th minute when Danica Roberts scored her seventh goal of the season off passes from Conner McKie and Ashley Johnson.
With the Bulldogs pushed up the field looking for the equalizer, Missy Wentz capitalized in the 80th minute to extend the lead to 2-0. Anya Koren netted the final score in the 83rd minute.
Senior Elisabeth Sullivan paced the Bulldogs as she took three shots and put all of them on target.
The Memphis native had a school-record six-match goal streak stopped.
Southern Miss out-shot the Bulldogs 20-15 thanks to a 12-7 edge in the second half. MSU put 10 of its shots on frame, while USM managed 11 on-target opportunities.
Mississippi State led 4-2 in corner kick opportunities.
State returns home to host the Bulldog Classic in the non-conference finale. State plays the second contest each day, challenging Furman at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Jackson State at 1 p.m. Sunday.