MSU soccer gets blanked at home
(FILE) â€“ Senior Leanna Baldner got one of the two shots on goal for MSU on Sunday. (Kim Murrell/SDN)
The Mississippi State Bulldogs were hoping to find a few goals waiting for them upon their return home for Southeastern Conference soccer action over the weekend.
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After the two weekend matches, the Bulldogs are still searching.
Mississippi State only had two shots on goal with neither resulting in scores as it dropped a 3-0 decision to the University of Georgia Sunday at the MSU Soccer Field.
The Magnolia State Bulldogs (7-8 overall, 0-6 SEC) made a change on offense going into the weekend and now it's just a matter of putting forth the effort to find success.
"We have to come together and push through when it's hot like this and you are tired," MSU soccer coach Neil Macdonald said. "(Sunday) we didn't do that. We made the choice not to do it and because of that, we put in a real average performance and we got what we deserved."
Macdonald said the play of goal keeper Skylar Rosson "was excellent" with her nine saves, but "the rest of the defense didn't give her enough support."
Georgia scored two first-half goals which proved to be the difference when Alexa Newfield executed a header off cross from right side at the 3:09 mark and Jamie Pollock hit a cross and chipped the ball over the keeper at the 34:27 mark. Laura Eddy had UGA's second-half goal on a volley off cross at the 57:36 mark.
Abby Trevino, an Athens, Ga., native, was the only State player to have a shot on goal in the first half, while Leanna Baldner, the daughter of former MSU baseball player and East Mississippi Community College baseball coach Bill Baldner, was the only player to shoot on goal in the second half.
This is the second-straight match Mississippi State has lost at home after getting edged by Tennessee 1-0 Friday night.
Baldner said MSU is trying to settle into a system where the defense and offense can work together with the different personnel on the field.
"Friday night I thought we had a lot of great opportunities and we just didn't finish," Baldner said. "We had some opportunities today, but not as good a performance. This is the first weekend to play our system so maybe this week we can push hard in practices and then we take them on Friday."
State continues its homestand with Arkansas on Friday (7 p.m.) and LSU on Sunday (1 p.m.)
"We now have played all the top teams in the league," Macdonald said. "We have the bottom half of the league to play in head-to-head competition so every game is a Cup final and it's up to our girls to make sure they don't end up at the bottom of the pile."