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Soccer Hosts Alabama Friday For Senior Night, Tupelo Club Soccer Day

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Seniors Morganne Grimes, CJ Winship, Elisabeth Sullivan and Sasha Vrany will be honored pre-game Friday.
Photo Courtesy of hailstate.com

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State soccer honors seniors Morganne Grimes, Elisabeth Sullivan, Sasha Vrany and CJ Winship Friday as the Bulldogs open the final home weekend against Alabama in a 7 p.m. kickoff at the MSU Soccer Field.

In addition to the pregame senior festivities, special guests for Friday’s contest will be youth players in the Tupelo Soccer Club. The first 150 fans in attendance will receive a free Mississippi State foam soccer ball.

There will be plenty of activities for the family, including inflatable jumpers and post-game autographs.

Fans unable to come to the MSU Soccer Field can watch the free live video stream at www.hailstate.com/hstvlive.

The Bulldogs will look to claim a second-straight win on Senior Night after knocking off rival Ole Miss 3-2 in last season’s home finale.

In that contest, Sullivan knocked home the golden goal to set Mississippi State’s career goals record. This season the Memphis native has re-written the Bulldog scoring records, claiming the top spot in career points (88), game-winning assists (8) and multiple-goal games (8).

Her eighth multiple-goal game came last Sunday at Vanderbilt when she scored two goals in the opening half. The pair of scores, her 13th and 14th of the year, put her one back of tying the school’s single-season record set by Amy Van Zandt in 2001.

Winship recorded eight saves against the Commodores, five coming in the opening half. The Ridgeland native has been an outstanding leader between the posts in her two seasons, and owns 82-career saves entering Friday.

Earlier this season, Winship was selected team co-captain along with Grimes, who has played in 71 of 74 career games and logged 6,465 minutes, the third-most in program annals.

Grimes, a Fayetteville, Ga., native, heads into the Alabama match with nine-career assists, one back of breaking into the all-time Top 10.

Vrany has been an outstanding example of dedication and leadership in her two seasons despite an injury that has hampered her final season. The Ottawa, Ontario, native made an immediate mark in her debut match last season, scoring 50 seconds after coming into the contest.

Aaron Gordon’s squad (3-12, 0-8 SEC) will be seeking a second-straight win against Alabama after claiming a thrilling 3-2 win in Tuscaloosa last season.

Sullivan sparked last year’s defeat of the Crimson Tide, scoring twice and assisting Halee Heltsley’s goal.

Alabama leads the overall series 10-5-3, but the Bulldogs have had the upper hand at home since 2003, claiming a 2-1-2 advantage.

Mississippi State wraps the home slate Sunday, challenging No. 13 South Carolina in a 1 p.m. kickoff. Admission to all MSU home soccer matches is free.
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