Dawgs Defeat Aggies in Overtime Thriller, Advance to Quarterfinals

Published 1:39 pm Monday, October 31, 2022

PENSACOLA, Fla. – In the first overtime match of the season for the Mississippi State soccer program (11-4-4), the Bulldogs outlasted the Texas A&M Aggies (9-6-5) to advance to the SEC Tournament Quarterfinals.

Graduate transfer Jojo Ngongo‘s 99th-minute header helped secure State its first conference tournament appearance past the first round.

“The fight in this group is unbelievable – they never gave up tonight,” head coach James Armstrong said. “This is a special group who continues to fight through adversity. Beyond proud of these players and staff.”

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Neither team could score in the opening 35 minutes. Two minutes later, sophomore Juliet Moore sent in a booming cross onto the path of both an oncoming Gwen Mummert and the Aggie goalkeeper. After both missed the initial, first touch, Mummert spun around and toe-tapped the ball into the back of the net to give MSU the first-half lead.

The graduate defender now has two goals as a Bulldog, both coming in her 2022 campaign.

MSU carried the one-goal advantage into halftime, and well into the second half before Texas A&M found the equalizer in the 85th minute.

Less than five minutes left in the first of two overtime periods, Ngongo scored her first-career goal as a Bulldog off an assist from recently-named SEC All-Freshman team member Maggie Wadsworth. It’s now the fourth assist for the standout freshman.

The No. 8 seeded Bulldogs will return to the pitch Tuesday, Nov. 1, for a quarterfinal match against the No. 1 seeded Alabama Crimson Tide (17-1-1, 10-0 SEC). The match will kick off at 5 p.m. CT and will air on SEC Network.

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