STARKVILLE, Miss. (MSU Athletics/WTVA) - For the third time in program history and the first time since 2012, Mississippi State's soccer team has defeated all of its non-conference opponents. The Bulldogs (7-0-0) claimed a 3-0 win over Louisiana Tech (7-2-0) on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
The start of the game was delayed by an hour and 15 minutes due to lightning in the area, but the teams were able to complete the match without any further breaks in the action.
State had plenty of chances in the first half and held a 9-1 edge in shots midway through the match, but the game remained scoreless through 45 minutes.
The Bulldogs struck in the second half with three quick goals in under 10 minutes. Senior Brooke McKee got the scoring started in the 61st minute after a corner kick was deflected and fell at her feet. With the goalkeeper unable to recover, she fired the ball home to give State the first goal of the match for the 11th consecutive game.
"I think our character showed as the game progressed," head coach Tom Anagnost said. "We kept at it and altered a couple of things to better our starting positions. Once we got one goal, we bore down and got another one."
McKee's goal shifted the momentum, and MSU quickly added two more. In the 67th minute senior Courtney Robicheaux served a ball in from about 20 yards out that slipped through the keeper's hands for her first goal of the season. Just 59 seconds later, freshman Niah Johnson scored off a blocked shot to close the scoring.
The Bulldogs held the Lady Techsters to just five shots, and only one reached redshirt senior Rhylee DeCrane. DeCrane moved into a tie for second in school history in single-season shutouts after picking up her sixth of the year.
MSU will now travel to undefeated Auburn (7-0-0) to open conference play. The matchup pits two of the conference's four remaining unbeaten teams against each other on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. CT.