Soccer Falls In Double Overtime To Vanderbilt, 2-1
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.”
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.
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
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:
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
“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:
– (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.
– (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.
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.
· 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