Miss. State soccer wins eighth straight

ACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Kat Walsh scored in the 47th minute to propel the Mississippi State soccer team, winners of eight straight matches, to a 1-0 win over Florida Gulf Coast and the UNF Hampton Inn Ponte Vedra Showcase championship Sunday afternoon in Jacksonville, Fla.

After neither team could find the net in the opening half, Walsh netted the game-winner in the first two minutes of the second half. The Birmingham native took a pass from freshman Madison McKee, beat a pair of defenders to the end line and landed her team-leading sixth goal into the top of the net.

State’s defense made the lead hold up despite facing 18 shots and 11 on-goal efforts. Senior Taryn Holland made four saves in the match while redshirt freshman Skylar Rosson stopped six attempts in her collegiate debut.

MSU, who has not allowed a first-half goal this season, recorded its fourth-straight shutout Sunday afternoon, the most consecutive blank sheets in school history.

“Give a lot of credit to Florida Gulf Coast. They are a tough team that is very organized and possesses the ball well,” MSU head coach Neil Macdonald said. “Kat scored an outstanding goal, and our defense really made some clutch saves to preserve the win.”

MSU fired 14 times in the contest, with Eagle goalkeeper Stephanie Powers stopping seven shots.

The Bulldogs open the Southeastern Conference slate and a four-match homestand next Friday when they host Auburn in a 7 p.m. kickoff at the MSU Soccer Field. Admission to all Mississippi State home soccer matches is free.

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