Sophomore goalkeeper Brittany Taylor, who had a stellar game between the posts, challenged a Bulldog attack. The goalie slid to stop the ball, but the MSU attacker was able to cross the ball to Shannen Jainudeen for the golden goal in the second overtime period.
Taylor took the hard-luck loss. In 106 minutes, the sophomore stopped seven shot attempts, while surrendering just a pair of goals.
For the second consecutive game, Karen Torres netted a goal. The true freshman finished the game with two shots, including a shot on goal for the lone goal of the night for the Golden Eagles. Lyndsey Lee and Becky McMullan paced the attack with three shots apiece, while Ashley Johnson and Torres each added two shots. The Black and Gold finished the game with 14 total shots, including four shots on goal. Johnson, McMullan, Torres and Brooke Hendrix each had shots on goal.
Beth Coleman and Hendrix each were credited with assists on Torres' goal.
Southern Miss was the first team to scratch the scoreboard, netting a goal in the first half. Hendrix sent the ball over to Coleman who crossed it in front of the goal. Torres connected on the one-timer to put the Golden Eagles ahead 1-0 in the 29th minute.
The two teams entered intermission with Southern Miss in front 1-0.
In the second 45, the home team knotted the score at 1-1 with a goal in the 60th minute. Mississippi State's McKenzie Adams took a corner kick for the Bulldogs, sending the ball into the box. Morgan Ferrara headed the ball into the back of the net to tie the game.
Neither team was able to capitalize on opportunities in the final 30 minutes of regulation and headed into overtime locked at 1-1.
In the first overtime period, Mississippi State held a slight 2-to-1 advantage on shots, but Southern Miss was able to put its shot on goal. The Bulldogs' keeper Rhylee DeCrane was able to prevent the golden goal and the two teams headed for the second overtime period.
In the second extra frame, the Golden Eagles attempted a pair of shots, but were unable to end the game. In the 106th minute, State's Jamila Conner sent the ball forward to Mallory Eubanks. Taylor left the goal to take on Eubanks one-on-one, but Eubanks was able to cross the ball to a charging Jainudeen for the game-winning header.
Southern Miss returns to the pitch on Friday, Sept. 5 as the Golden Eagles travels to Mobile, Ala. to take on South Alabama. Kickoff against the Jaguars is slated for 7:00 p.m.
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