STARKVILLE, Miss. – Bulldogs will battle on the pitch Friday as the Mississippi State soccer team travels to Athens for a 6 p.m. CT showdown against SEC foe Georgia.
Mississippi State fell to 3-10 overall and 0-6 in SEC play last Friday after dropping a 1-0, double-overtime heartbreaker to now-No.8 Florida in front a school record crowd at the MSU Soccer Field. The Gators netted the golden goal on a Savannah Jordan header with only a minute remaining in the match.
Senior goalkeeper CJ Winship turned in arguably the best performance of her career, stopping seven shots, including a clutch save on a UF penalty kick in the second half.
Senior Elisabeth Sullivan has paced the Maroon and White offensive attack this season, scoring 12 of the team’s 18 goals. Sullivan ranks in the top four in the conference in shots, points, and goals, and her 5.08 shots per game average is tied for the best mark in the league.
Georgia enters the contest at 9-4-1 overall, 2-3-1 in SEC play. Head coach Steve Holeman’s Bulldogs halted a three-game losing streak with a 0-0 draw at Auburn last Friday night.
Marion Crowder paces UGA with 19 points on nine goals and an assist. Madeline Baker has recorded four goals and two assists for the Bulldogs from Athens.
Georgia is currently tied with South Carolina for the league lead in shutouts with nine. Caitlin Woody has played every minute in goal for UGA, allowing just 10 goals all season.
The last meeting in Athens (2011) became an instant classic. MSU raced out to a 3-0 lead before Georgia stormed back with three goals, two via penalty kick, in the last 20 minutes of regulation and the golden goal in the 104th minute to rally for a 4-3 victory.
UGA leads the series 12-3-0, but two of Mississippi State’s victories have actually come in Athens. MSU most recently claimed a 1-0 victory in 2007 at the UGA Soccer Complex.
This weekend’s slate serves as the final full-weekend road trip of the season for Coach Aaron Gordon’s Mississippi State squad. The Maroon and White travels to Nashville Sunday for a 1 p.m. showdown against Vanderbilt that will be televised by Comcast Sports Southeast.Fans can follow MSU soccer on Twitter (@HailStateSOC), Facebook (Facebook.com/HailStateSOC) and Instagram (HailStateSOC). Mississippi State athletics can also be found on FanCred by going to http://www.fancred.com/go/hailstate/.