MSU soccer blanks Austin Peay

Mississippi State goalkeeper Rhylee Decrane

Staff Writer

Goalkeeper Rhylee Decrane wanted to make sure she was ready when her time came at Mississippi State.

After sitting out for two seasons, Decrane has gotten that chance as the stopper for the Bulldogs this season and has made the most of it.

Decrane had two saves and helped MSU earn its fifth shutout of the season with Sunday’s 4-0 victory over Austin Peay at home.

The Bulldogs continued their unbeaten run to start the season as they improved to 6-0.

MSU soccer coach Tom Anagnost calls Decrane “a steady and reliable” part of why the team is enjoying success to this point.

“I’m just really happy for her because she is a perfect example of staying the course and being committed, being dedicated, never giving up and being prepared,” Anagnost said. “Good things comes to those people.”

Decrane has also had shutouts against Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, South Alabama and Central Arkansas.

In her mind, the progress has all been because of hard work.

“It’s really satisfying,” Decrane said. “While sitting out, I just made sure to train my butt off in training every day and it’s been showing lately. Even when I was out, I didn’t sit down. I just kept grinding it out and knew for my chance would come. I’m just taking it as far as I can.”

Decrane did not play during the 2016 season and sat out 2017 as a redshirt. During that time, she soaked up as much knowledge as she could about the way to go about playing goalkeeper.

Anagnost knows that Decrane is not a finished product and doesn’t think she is the type of player that’s going to stop trying to improve.

“She’s still has some room to grow and some things where she can get better,” Anagnost said.

Decrane was recognized on Sunday along with fellow seniors Brooke McKee, Jen Huckaby, Courtney Robicheaux and Carly Mauldin.

The Bulldogs used the momentum of three first-half goals to cruise to the victory and Decrane was happy to see all aspects of the team on display.

“The whole team brought that out,” Decrane said. “The whole team wanted to make sure we won this game with four goals and we got that shutout.”

Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week Zakirah McGillivary scored on two unassisted goals for MSU, while Gabriella Coleman had the other first-half goal on the first of two assists by Monigo Karnley.

In the second half, MaKayla Waldner benefitted from another Karnley assist to get the fourth goal of the match by the Bulldogs.

Mississippi State will now turn to a week of training before its final non-conference test of the season against Louisiana Tech next Sunday. The time for the third-straight game at home is 1 p.m.