STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State’s Treena Ferguson knocked in two goals including a game-winning header in the 85th minute to lead the Bulldogs to a 3-2 victory over eighth-ranked Tennessee on Sunday afternoon at the MSU Soccer Field.
Ferguson tallied the game winner when she flicked in the direct kick from Bethany Frazier at 84:13 for the match-clincher for Mississippi State (2-7, 1-1 SEC).
The Lady Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead after the break, getting goals in the 61st and 73rd minutes from Ferguson and Jessica Davis. Ferguson punched in a header off Mariclaire Fancher’s serve across the box, while Davis’ header came off Katie Lynn Harden’s pass.
Tennessee (4-3-2, 0-1-1 SEC) took all of 1:51 after Davis’ score to tie up the match at 2-2. Kylee Rossi sprinted past the Bulldog defense and scored against MSU goalkeeper Taryn Holland for her second goal of the season.
The Lady Vols took the lead just before halftime as defender Sarah Jackyra sent a 24-yard shot past Bulldog goalie Stephanie Davis for her first career goal.
Tennessee had multiple chances to tie at the end of regulation. In the 86th minute, midfielder Ali Christoph’s shot was blocked and defender Jordan Falcusan missed an opportunity as the Mississippi State defense saved it at the post.
A minute later, the Lady Vols had chances again inside the penalty box. Rossi tried to chip a shot over Holland, but the goalkeeper was able to bat the ball away.
Overall, the Lady Vols had a 13-7 advantage in shots and an 8-2 edge in corner kicks. The loss ends the program’s 12-match unbeaten streak in the Magnolia State, which included Tennessee’s 2002 SEC title run. Tennessee also snapped their four-match winning streak over the Bulldogs and a five-match unbeaten streak in the SEC. The 0-1-1 start in the league is the worst in the 11-year history of Tennessee soccer.
Tennessee closes out its six-match road trip next weekend at South Carolina and Florida.