Commodores try to continue their 12-game winning streak.
NASHVILLE – The No. 19 Commodores are set to host No. 25 Mississippi State in their first ranked matchup of SEC play on Thursday at the Vanderbilt Soccer Complex.
Vanderbilt (11-1, 4-0) sits atop the SEC standings and could extend its winning streak to 12 games, breaking the program record of 11 set back in 2005. The Commodores are also the only team undefeated in conference play and currently ride a 10-game win streak.
Last time out, the Dores defeated Georgia, 5-0, in their largest winning margin of the season. The Dores saw scoring output from a number of players, including their top two goal-scorers in Kaylann Boyd and Haley Hopkins. Boyd scored the first goal and Hopkins added two more in the first half. Madi Allen and Madison Elwell contributed the other two goals for the Dores in the game.
Several Commodores themselves find ranked among the SEC leaders in several statistical categories. The Dores lead the SEC in goals during conference play (12). Hopkins sits tied for second in points (22), goals (nine) and game-winning goals (four). Boyd is ranked just behind her teammates at eighth in points (14) and tied in fifth for goals (seven).
The trio of Boyd, Elwell and Hopkins have combined to score eight of the team’s 12 goals in SEC play so far this season.
Lauren Demarchi has been solid in goal for the Dores and finds herself first in the SEC in goals against average (.267) and save percentage (.929). Her numbers also rank fourth in the NCAA in those categories.
Mississippi State (8-2-1, 1-2-1) is ranked for the first time in program history and is coming off a scoreless tie against Florida.
Thursday’s tilt is slated for a 7 p.m. kickoff and can be viewed on SEC Network+.