STARKVILLE, Miss. – If Sunday’s exhibition game against Southeastern Louisiana in Madison was any indication, the future is shaping up to be a bright one for Aaron Gordon’s Mississippi State soccer team.
Despite falling in a tough 4-3 decision to Southeastern Louisiana in front of a great crowd at Madison Central High School, Gordon saw flashes of brilliance on the pitch from his young side, especially freshman Morgan Ferrara.
Ferrara, a January enrollee from Tampa, Fla., had a hand in all three Bulldog goals, scoring twice and assisting the other.
“It was a good, competitive game, and we want to thank Madison Central High School for allowing us to play on their field on short notice. We also want to thank the great crowd that came to watch us play,” Gordon said. “Our young players learned some valuable lessons about what they can expect from playing at the collegiate level. The great thing about the spring is we can take the mistakes we made and learn from them as we prepare for the fall.”
Ferrara opened her college account by directing a first-half free kick past the SELA keeper. The Lions, who return nine starters from last season’s Southland Conference Tournament championship squad, netted a pair of goals to take a 2-1 advantage to the half.
SELA extended the lead to 4-1 early in the second stanza before the Bulldogs mounted a furious rally. Ferrara scored her second goal of the day before setting up Shannen Jainudeen for her third goal in as many spring contests.
“We gave up a goal late in the first half, but I really liked the way we came out in the second half and created a number of scoring chances,” Gordon said.
The Bulldogs are scheduled to host Georgia State Sunday at 11 a.m. and Alabama at 7 p.m. April 10 as part of Super Bulldog Weekend. Admission to the games at the MSU Soccer Field is free.