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Soccer Falls In Double Overtime To Vanderbilt, 2-1

In a game filled with heavy down pours and lightning strikes, the Mississippi State soccer team (5-4-0, 0-2-0 SEC) couldn’t outlast visiting Vanderbilt (5-4-0, 1-1-0 SEC) in double overtime as the Bulldogs fell, 2-1.
“We had a lot of energy heading into this game, but it didn’t translate onto the field,” head coach Aaron Gordon said. “Tip your hat to Vanderbilt, they battled the whole way and earned the win. They outplayed us in almost every phase and we just didn’t perform. We have to regroup quickly though, because we have two tough opponents this upcoming weekend to prepare for.”
MSU’s Courtney Robicheaux put the Bulldogs on top almost immediately as the sophomore scored from 25-yards out on a free kick in the third minute. The laser shot down the middle was Robicheaux’s first collegiate goal.
The Bulldogs were a mere minutes away from carrying the 1-0 lead into halftime, but Vanderbilt’s Lydia Simmons connected on a cross from Nia Dorsey to even the score. The goal for Simmons was her third of the season.
The two squads battled evenly for the next 63 minutes, before Vanderbilt’s Hannon Eberts knocked in the game-winner in the 104th minute to give Vandy the 2-1 win.
Hannah Smith Returns:
Making her triumphant return following an ACL injury, junior Hannah Smith saw her first game action since Oct. 29, 2015 (Auburn). Smith logged 43 minutes for the Bulldogs, all coming in the second half and overtime periods.  
“I’m proud of Hannah and this is a huge moment for her,” Gordon said. “She’s been out of soccer for over six months and in her first appearance back she gave us 43 minutes. She’s been nothing but sensational in her recovery and I want to commend her for working so hard to get back out on the field.”
Goal Scoring Rundown:
MSU – (3:13) Sophomore Courtney Robicheaux scored her first collegiate goal as she buried a free kick from 25-yards out to give MSU the 1-0 lead.
VAN – (41:31) Nia Dorsey’s cross to Lydia Simmons was perfectly placed as the Commodores tied the score before entering halftime.  
VAN – (104:29) Hannon Eberts knocked in the game-winner after a pass from Danae O’Halloran.
Up Next:
The Maroon and White will kick off its two-game road swing against Ole Miss on Thursday, Sept. 22 as the Bulldogs take on the Rebels for the first time since 2014. Thursday’s battle will be televised on SEC Network at 6 p.m. CT.
Additional Notes:
·      Sunday’s game was delayed by 1 hour, 45 minutes due to lightning strikes in the area.

·      The 104-minute contest on Sunday marked the longest of the season for MSU

·      Freshman MaKayla Waldner earned career-highs in shots (5) and shot on goals (4) in the 2-1 loss

·      Three Bulldogs earned career-high in minutes played, as Katelyn Watson (98), MaKayla Waldner (89) and Kennadi Carbin (76) logged career highs.

·      Mallory Eubanks’ five shots tied a career-high for the junior, with her last five-shot game coming against UT Martin (Aug. 28, 2016)

·      Five Bulldogs went the distance on Sunday, as Mallory Eubanks, Khalyn Harmon, Carly Mauldin, Courtney Robicheaux and Tanya de Souza played the full 104 minutes

·      MSU earned five yellow cards against Vanderbilt

·      Freshman Johanna Hamblett is the only freshman to start all nine games for MSU

·      Sunday’s afternoon crowed was 783






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