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Soccer: No. 8 women play to tie at Miss. St.

At Starkville, Miss, a muddy field and downpour of rain in a road contest could not derail the No. 8 South Carolina women's soccer team in a 1-1 draw against Mississippi State.

The Gamecocks remain unbeaten on the season and move to 11-0-1, 3-0-1 in the SEC; the Bulldogs are 8-2-2 (0-2-2).

Junior Brooke Jacobs put the Gamecocks ahead in the 46th minute before Mississippi State tie the score in the 71st.

The match is the first overtime game of the season for South Carolina, and it marks the third goal allowed.

After constant rain in the Starkville area the past two weeks, the game was the third played on the field in six days, creating a muddy playing area that filled with puddles throughout the match.

The Gamecocks held a 16-14 shot advantage and collected a 2-0 edge in corner kicks.

"It was a good result given the circumstances," USC coach Shelley Smith said. "Obviously the field conditions worsened throughout the game which didn't play into our strengths as a team. Especially in the second half and into overtime, the field got to a point where you couldn't play (a regular game of soccer).

"At a point it turned into a game of kickball. ... Hopefully we won't face these conditions again this season, but if we do we'll be more prepared."