STARKVILLE, Miss. - After several close calls, Mississippi State's Jasmine Simmons ran past a strong defense to place a shot deep into the Southern Miss goal in the 98th minute over double-overtime to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 women's soccer victory on Sunday night.
"We played extremely well tonight but I hate it for our team," said coach Scott Ebke following the game. "We followed the game plan and kept a very good attacking team off the board until the final few minutes."
The Golden Eagles (2-3-1) outshot the Bulldogs (7-0) 6-4 in the opening frame, and continued to hold off the undefeated Bulldogs (7-0) until regulation time ended even as MSU fired off 18 shots in the second half.
"Our back line was outstanding tonight and I am proud of our effort," added Ebke, whose defense has allowed just six of those 18 second half shots reach the frame.
As clock quickly ran out, the match continued into overtime, where both teams were deadlocked as no shots were attempted on either goal in the first overtime period. Simmons' gamewinner was the lone shot of the extra periods, finding the back of the net after an assist from Dana Forbes and Morganne Grimes.
"It's a tough loss - in overtime like that- but we will regroup to close out non-conference play on Friday," added Ebke.
Danica Roberts and Missy Wentz paced the Eagles with two shots each as Southern Miss had 11 shots on the game.
The Golden Eagles will return to the field on Friday in a home match against a one-loss team Arkansas State at the Southern Miss Soccer Complex. Admission is free to all home matches.