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CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Lifted by two goals and a stout defensive performance, the Mississippi State soccer team downed host College of Charleston, 2-0, to open the season in the winning column.The game between the Bulldogs (1-0, 0-0) and Cougars (0-1, 0-0) was slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. CT, but a lightning delay pushed Friday nights start time to 8:15 p.m. CT.MSU received scores from freshman Johanna Hamblett and junior Khalyn Harmon in the win, as both picked up their first career goals.Its always tough to start the season on the road and our team played great tonight, head coach Aaron Gordon said. Going back to our two exhibitions, we have scored six goals in our last three games so thats a big step for us. Im happy with the result tonight against College of Charleston, but are now turning our focus to Virginia Tech.The opening period of play was dominated by MSU, as the Bulldogs used pressure to attack the Cougars for most of the first 40 minutes. The Bulldogs efforts finally paid off however in the 43rd minute, as New Zealand native Hamblett found the back of the net after her shot was deflected in.Much like the first period, the Bulldogs waited until the final portion to score. In the 84th minute, junior Harmon scorched the ball from right to left past the Cougar goalkeeper, after a perfect assist from Mallory Eubanks.Defense Stands Tall Again:?Junior Tanya de Souza collected 11 saves at goal, as the junior earned her first clean sheet of the season. Also pivotal in the defensive effort was MSUs back line of Kiley Martens, Courtney Robicheaux, Ari Holmes and Harmon, who all played big minutes in the shutout win.Welcome To The Show: Freshmen played a big part in the win for the Maroon and White, as five freshmen saw their first official action of the season. MaKayla Waldner and Johanna Hamblett both earned starts on Friday, as the two continued to shine for Gordons squad.Goal Scoring Rundown: MSU - Johanna Hamblett (43:32) In her first official start as a Bulldog, New Zealand native Hamblett, put the Bulldogs ahead after a deflected shot found its way past a diving Lauren Killian of College of Charleston.MSU - Khalyn Harmon (84:34) Fellow junior Mallory Eubanks found a sprinting Harmon on the right wing, as the Ocean Springs native took the pass and buried her opportunity to put MSU up, 2-0.Additional Notes: The 2-0 decision was MSUs first season-opening victory since 2012 (vs. SELU, 2-1)The victory was the first road-opener win since 2010 (at UT Martin, 2-1)Going back to the exhibition games, MSU has outscored opponents 6-0 in the last three contests.MSU received minutes from 19 players in the winFreshmen MaKayla Waldner, Johanna Hamblett, Alexa England, McKenna de Graaf and Emily Malone all made their first official appearances of their MSU careers.Head Coach Aaron Gordon Quotes: Its always tough to start the season on the road and our team played great tonight, head coach Aaron Gordon said. Going back to our two exhibitions, we have scored six goals in our last three games so thats a big step for us. Im happy with the result tonight against College of Charleston, but are now turning our focus to Virginia Tech.We found some things we need to work on after the win, but you always have those this earlier in the season, Gordon said. Im also pleased with Tanya de Souzas performance, who made some incredible saves to preserve the shutout.Freshman Johanna Hamblett Quotes:We had five minutes left in the first half and we needed a goal, Johanna Hamblett said about her score. We had to get something because we were pressing so hard. So when the opportunity came I had to take it. I was just at the right place at the right time and I just had to smash it. It was an awesome feeling.Up Next: MSU prepares for No. 17 Virginia Tech on Sunday at 10 a.m. CT, who defeated LSU, 1-0 earlier in Charleston. Cheap Yeezy Boost 750 For Sale . 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Berra made 42 saves and Kris Russell scored at 1:32 of overtime, lifting the Calgary Flames to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday night. The last time quarterback Kenny Hill started a season opener he was playing for Texas A&M, passing for 511 yards as a sophomore to lead the Aggies to a 52-28 win over South Carolina on Aug. 28, 2014.TCU coach Gary Patterson no doubt would take a repeat performance when Hill makes his first start for the 13th-ranked Horned Frogs in Saturdays 2016 opener against South Dakota State (Fox Sports Net, 8 p.m. ET). But he isnt asking Hill to do anything extraordinary against the Jack Rabbits of the FCS.Kenny has a lot to prove, but as I told him, our job is just to win, coach Gary Patterson said. Its not to put up big numbers, not to do anything else. Put the ball where its supposed to be, run the ball when youre supposed to and get ready to play.Hill, who transferred to TCU for the 2015 season after losing his starting job after eight games with the Aggies, beat out sophomore Foster Sawyer for the starting job with the Frogs. He passed for 2,649 yards his last season at A&M before falling out of favor and spent last year running TCUs scout team.Foster was a backup in 2015 and played in four games, completing 11 of 27 pass attempts for 155 yards with three interceptions.Our biggest thing probably is talking to Foster about how weve got to keep coming, Patterson said. We need two quarterbacks, and really three.Against Southh Dakota State, Hill will face a defense that held opponents to under 198 passing yards per game last season.dddddddddddd The Jack Rabbits return 15 starters from an 8-4 team and are ranked No. 8 in the STATS FCS rankings, the third time in the last four seasons they have earned a spot in the preseason top 10.TCU, meanwhile, has made the preseason Top 25 for the ninth time in the last 11 years. The Horned Frogs have 13 starters back from an 11-2 team that came within two points of winning the Big 12. A 30-29 loss at Oklahoma dropped them to 7-2 in conference play, tied with Oklahoma State for second behind the 8-1 Sooners.This will be only the fifth time in Pattersons 16 season that the Frogs have opened the season at home, though twice they opened in nearby Arlington, Texas, officially a neutral site.The Frogs have won their last two season openers and 11 of their last 13. But they have won their last 14 home openers.Defense has been a big key in that success. In 11 of the wins in their home openers, they held their opponent to 17 points or less.Their only loss under Patterson in home openers came in his first year, ironically against Northwestern State, then an I-AA program (now FCS). ' ' '
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