Mississippi State picks up first NCAA Tournament win

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STARKVILLE – State’s historic season proceeds immediately after defeating New Mexico State, 2-1, on Friday evening in the NCAA Tournament’s opening round.

Sophomore defender Rylie Combs’ 87th-moment header helped secure Point out its initially NCAA event get in method history.

“Initially off, I’d like to congratulate New Mexico Point out on an unbelievable year,” head coach James Armstrong mentioned. “It was a seriously tricky-fought game, and they did a great career. We knew that we’d have to be placing in a actually fantastic efficiency, and we did it tonight.”

For the very first 44 minutes, neither workforce could discover the again of the net. Both equally teams had only recorded a few shots just before MSU’s Alivia Buxton sent the to start with intention of the recreation 30 seconds just before the 50 percent. The target is now the third of the year for the freshman.

The Aggies would seize the equalizer in the 73rd minute. Nevertheless, following only registering two photographs in the very first 45 minutes, MSU would rattle off 13 photographs in the 2nd 50 % by yourself.

With only a few minutes still left in regulation, Combs headed in the ball off a corner from sophomore Haley McWhirter. It is really now the next time in a few game titles Point out has won off a late-minute header.

I would also like to thank the lovers for coming out tonight,” Armstrong extra. “An unbelievable turnout tonight, fantastic crowd. [Special thanks to] all the people today [it took] into putting on an unbelievable occasion – amenities, the groundskeeper, administration, everything else. It was a genuinely terrific night on the area, and we are happy of absolutely everyone that was a element of it.”

The No. 7-seed Bulldogs will proceed its postseason operate up coming weekend (Nov. 18-20) and will experience the winner of Memphis and Saint Louis. Kickoff time and site will be announced subsequent the summary of first round matches.