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Mississippi State Soccer Snags Sunday Victory over UT Martin

The win moves the Bulldogs .500 on the season.

The Mississippi State Bulldogs gave up an early goal in their match against UT Martin Sunday, but they rallied to put three balls in the back of the net to pick up a 3-1 victory in Starkville.

Saphyra Coombs-James scored the first goal of the contest on a backdoor header at the 14:19 mark to put UT Martin ahead 1-0.

However, the Bulldogs would get two goals to take a 2-1 lead into the half. MaKayla Waldner tied the contest when she scored her second goal of the season at the 29:57 mark, and Mallory Eubanks put in the goal to put Bulldogs ahead for good at the 40:49 mark.  McKenzie Adams picked up assists on both goals.

In the second half, Kelly Dorney scored the first goal of her career when she scored on a pass from Carly Mauldin at the 79:32 mark.

"I'm proud of how our team responded to the early score and how we battled for the entire 90 minutes," head coach Aaron Gordon said. "I thought we did a good job of getting chances and converting those opportunities. We had a lot of contributions from our bench today, because our team is much deeper compared to years past. That gives us an advantage on Sundays and we needed it on a day like today."

Depth proved to be important as heat was a major factor in the contest.  Officials had to halt play on three occasions.

The Bulldogs (2-2) next play on Sept. 2 in Mobile against South Alabama in a 7pm contest.