||Jainudeen’s golden goal gives MSU overtime win against Southern Miss
STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) — Shannen Jainudeen’s golden header with 4:25 left in the second overtime gave Mississippi State a 2-1 win at the MSU Soccer Field Sunday evening.
The win was Mississippi State’s second in as many days against the Golden Eagles as the Bulldog football team opened 2014 with a 49-0 win 24 hours earlier.
Jainudeen’s header was her first goal of the season, and it came as MSU was forced to play most of overtime with 10 players due to a red card.
Sophomore Jamila Coner put a pass to Mallory Eubanks on the left side. Eubanks drew USM keeper Brittany Taylor out of the box and found Jainudeen for the empty-net winner.
“It’s unbelievable. I’m still shocked that it happened, but it’s great for the team to get the W,” Jainudeen said. “I saw Mallory go around and the goal was open. She played the perfect ball.”
The Bulldogs moved to 1-3-0 on the season with Sunday’s win. Southern Miss fell to 2-2-0 on the campaign.
“I thought we were really good in a lot of parts of the game. We passed the ball well and created some good chances, but we just couldn’t get the final pass or final touch when we needed it,” head coach Aaron Gordon said. “We also missed some good chances, but I really liked how we battled.
“We battled and played hard the entire game. I felt like we dominated playing with 10 men. We gave up some chances because we were down to 10, but Mallory did a nice job sneaking in behind and found Shannen for a nice goal.”
The Bulldogs had to rally for the win after going down 1-0 in the 29th minute on a Karen Torres goal.
The Golden Eagles’ advantage actually held up to the half despite the two sides taking six shots each.
Mississippi State came out in the second half and had the better of the offensive chances, out-shooting USM 11-5 the second 45 minutes.
“For us it was a matter of pass the ball, pass the ball, pass the ball,” Gordon said. “It’s been something I thought we would be, and we have to continue to trust what we can do. It worked for us tonight.”
MSU was unlucky on a number of scoring chances through the first 59 minutes, but the Bulldogs were able to break through in the 60th minute and level the match on one of their eight corner kicks in the contest.
McKenzie Adams, who scored her first collegiate goal on Thursday, collected her inaugural assist as her corner service found Morgan Ferrara for the game-tying header. The goal was the first of Ferrara’s MSU career.
“To get the first goal off the corner was fantastic. We haven’t been that dangerous off corners, and for (Morgan Ferrara) to get her first goal off a great finish was awesome,” Gordon said.
Southern Miss looked to take back the advantage in the 65th and 72nd minutes, but Rhylee DeCrane collected two of her three saves to keep the match level.
MSU’s Eubanks had a winning opportunity turned away in the 84th minute, while Ferrara’s attempt at goal No. 2 was also stopped in the final moments of regulation.
The Bulldogs collected a pair of shots in the first overtime, but Eubanks was unable to finish the lone on-goal chance.
DeCrane kept MSU’s hopes alive in the second overtime as she deflected an Ashley Johnson attempt in the 105th minute.
Moments later Breann Hedin had a shot blocked, and the Bulldogs countered with Jainudeen’s winner.
The Bulldogs will only take the pitch once next week, a Friday contest at Arkansas State. Kick for that match is set for 5 p.m.
State’s next home action comes Sept. 12 as 2013 NCAA Tournament participant South Alabama comes to Starkville for a 7 p.m. kickoff.