STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State’s soccer summer campers are special guests Friday night as the Bulldogs return to the MSU Soccer Field to host Kentucky in a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Participants in Aaron Gordon’s first summer soccer camps are invited to wear their camp T-shirts and be recognized on field at halftime. In addition, the first 100 fans will receive a free Hail State drawstring backpack.
Fans will also have the opportunity win prizes by logging into Facebook (Facebook.com/hailstateSOC) and competing in contests at halftime. Friday’s contest continues the Greek Life Challenge that will give the Fraternity and Sorority with the highest season-long attendance the chance to be recognized on the videoboard during the Egg Bowl.
Fans unable to come to the match can watch the free live video stream at www.hailstate.com/hstvlive.
The Bulldogs return home following a tough 3-2, double-overtime setback at LSU last Sunday that moved the squad to 3-7 overall and 0-3 in league play.
Senior Elisabeth Sullivan added to her career school-record scoring account with a pair of goals in Baton Rouge that tied for first in the SEC with 11 this season. Her tally ranks fourth in single-season history, one back of her 2012 total and four shy of matching Amy Van Zandt’s top mark set in 2001.
Freshman Annebel ten Broeke leads the Bulldogs with six assists, five to Sullivan. The Amsterdam, Netherlands, native’s tally is tied for third in both the SEC and among the nation’s freshmen.
Fellow rookie Meara Johnson drew her first SEC start in goal last Sunday. She turned away four shots in that contest to put her at 19 stops over six games. Senior CJ Winship has played in eight contests, claiming 31 saves.
The Dawgs face a Kentucky squad that is receiving votes in this week’s NSCAA/Continental Tire Top 25 poll but ranked 19th by Soccer America. The Wildcats sit at 8-2-1 overall and 2-1 in league action after splitting last weekend’s play.
UK suffered a 3-0 setback, its first home loss of the season, to Arkansas on Friday, but bounced back Sunday behind a Stuart Pope goal to take down Georgia 1-0.
Pope paces the Wildcat attack with nine goals. Zoe Swift follows with six strikes, while Arin Gilliland paces the Cats with eight assists.
Kayla King has seen the majority of the action in goal, stopping 27 shots against 10 goals.
Following Friday’s match, the Bulldogs return to the road when they head to Arkansas for a 1 p.m. kickoff on Sunday.