STARKVILLE, Miss. – There’s no place like home.
The Mississippi State soccer team will play on the home pitch for just the second time this season when the squad hosts the Bulldog Classic Friday and Sunday at the MSU Soccer Field.
The tournament gets underway at 5 p.m. Friday, with Southern Miss taking on Jackson State. The Bulldogs take the field at 7:30 p.m. against Furman. Aaron Gordon’s squad wraps the Bulldog Classic at 1 p.m. Sunday, taking on Jackson State. Furman and Southern Miss open the final day with a 10:30 a.m. kickoff.
Free live video streams for the Bulldogs’ matches will be available at www.hailstate.com/hstvlive.
Admission to all Bulldog home matches is free, and the first 100 fans at Friday’s match receive a free MSU Frisbee.
In addition to a number of giveaways, Friday is also Residence Life Night. The residence hall with the highest attendance will receive a free pizza party.
All season, Mississippi State is hosting a Greek Life Challenge. The Fraternity and Sorority with the largest turnout all season will be recognized on the Davis Wade Stadium videoboard during the Nov. 28 Egg Bowl.
On Sunday, fathers are encouraged to bring their daughters to the game for Daddy-Daughter Day and Sundae Sunday. The first 60 fans receive free MSU ice cream, and free Bulldog sunglasses will be given away to the first 100 in attendance.
Mississippi State, 2-3 on the season, comes back to Starkville looking to close the non-conference slate by winning the Bulldog Classic for the third-straight year.
The Dawgs are paced offensively by Elisabeth Sullivan, who enters the weekend tied for third in the SEC with five goals.
Sullivan, State’s career goals and points leader, had a school-record six-match goal streak halted last Sunday in a 3-0 road setback at Southern Miss, the fourth team in this weekend’s Bulldog Classic.
Freshman Annebel ten Broeke has also been solid in the opening phase of her career, tying for fifth overall and second among freshmen in the SEC with three assists.
CJ Winship has played full time in goal the last two matches, and has responded with a pair of stellar efforts. After stopping seven shots against Florida Gulf Coast two weeks ago, the Ridgeland native turned in a season-high eight saves against the Golden Eagles.
Winship is tied for seventh in the SEC with 18 saves, while her 3.60 per-game average rates sixth.
Furman comes to Starkville with a 2-2 record. The Paladins have scored four goals this season, with a different player tallying each goal.
Stephanie DeVita paces the Paladins with a goal and an assist. She is coming off a stellar freshman season that saw her claim Southern Conference Player and Freshman of the Year honors after leading the nation’s freshmen with 19 goals and 42 points.
Rose Hull and Maggie Grisell have split time in goal this season. Hull paces the squad with 18 saves, while Grisell has recorded nine.
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