Mississippi State womens soccer is headed to the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history after beating Brown 2-1 on Friday in Palo Alto, California.
MSU will face the winner of 7-seed South Carolina and No. 2 seed Stanford on Sunday.The 6-seeded Bulldogs clinched history in dramatic fashion, with the 3-seeded Bears jumping to a 1-0 lead in the 60th minute thanks to a goal from Naya Cardoza.
However, less than 10 minutes later, Mississippi State got an equalizer from graduate forward Kennedy White. In the 76th minute, MSU got its first lead with a goal from senior midfielder Taylor James.
76|| DAWGS LEAD, DAWGS LEAD, DAWGS LEAD!!!! TAYLOR JAMES WITH THE FIRST GOAL OF HER CAREER AND IT IS A MASSIVE ONE ‼️
2-1 State! #HailState🐶 || 📺Jyib96uKC1pic.twitter.com/3HPFOZ7v1Q— Mississippi State Soccer (HailStateSOC)
November 18, 2023Mississippi State opened the NCAA Tournament with a home match against Providence, which the Bulldogs won 1-0 in overtime.
MSU went 11-5-5 in the regular season with a 5-3-2 record in SEC play. The Bulldogs lost their second match of the conference tournament but still secured hosting rights in the first round of the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season. Last year, Mississippi State picked up its first ever NCAA Tournament win with a victory against New Mexico State before losing against Memphis in the second round.
The Bulldogs are led by coach James Armstrong who is in his fifth season at the helm.FROM ENGLISH VILLAGE TO STARKVILLE:
How James Armstrong got to Mississippi State soccerStefan Krajisnik is the Mississippi State beat writer for the Clarion Ledger. Contact him at
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Mississippi State womens soccer beats Brown in NCAA tourney 2nd round