First-half goals lift MSU to 5-0


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STARKVILLE -- Freshman Zakirah McGillivary and senior Carly Mauldin scored goals Thursday night to lead the Mississippi State women's soccer team to a 2-0 victory against Central Arkansas at the MSU Soccer Field. 


MSU limited Central Arkansas to two shots to improve to 5-0.  


"It wasn't our best 90 minutes, but we scored a couple of great goals," MSU coach Tom Anagnost said. "We didn't give them much. I am happy with winning the game, and I think we'll be better for it." 


In the 19th minute, McGillivary dribbled in behind the defense and shot low past the goalkeeper. MSU has scored first in every game this season. 


Seven minutes later, freshman Miranda Carrasco played a long ball over the defense to Mauldin. The senior beat the goalkeeper to the ball with her head at the top of the box and watched her shot trickle into the net. 


"What a beautiful goal," Anagnost said. "That's as good as it gets. Carrasco clipped it in perfectly. Mauldin timed it, and it was like poetry. I loved it." 


Redshirt senior Rhylee DeCrane picked up her fourth shutout. 


n Ole Miss 5, Troy 2: At Mobile, Alabama, the Rebels (4-1) battled back from an early deficit to beat the Trojans (1-4) at the Cage. 


Trailing 1-0 in the first half, Ole Miss tied the match on a set piece. Grace Johnson delivered a free kick into the 18 that CeCe Kizer touched past the goalkeeper. 


Channing Foster gave the Rebels the lead just before halftime when she converted a penalty kick after Julia Phillips was pulled down in the box. 


In the second half, Haleigh Stackpole, Kizer, and Marisa Kutchma added goals. 


n Alabama 1, Virginia Tech 0: At Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the Crimson Tide used a first-half goal and stifling defense Thursday night to shut out the Hokies at the Alabama Soccer Complex. 


The lone score came courtesy of a Virginia Tech own goal in the 16th minute.



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