MSU hosts Lipscomb in NCAA soccer first round

Megan Henry

Staff Writer

Mississippi State freshman soccer player Megan Henry came to realize how important the sport was to the state of Tennessee and Lipscomb University during her short time living in Arrington.

She attended Page High School in Arrington, which is south of Nashville in Williamson County and close to the town of Franklin, Tenn.

After attending an I.D. camp and once considering attending Lipscomb, Henry learned a little bit about the team that the Bulldogs will be playing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday. The match is set for 4 p.m. at the MSU Soccer Field.

"I know Lipscomb is a really good program, really religious and very hard working," Henry said. "They are a good team and very good program."

Henry decided to leave Tennessee and join the Bulldogs and was glad she did.

"I love it here," Henry said. "I'm not a super technical player, more athletic, but coming here, the coaches are just amazing and the girls that I surround myself with have been so helpful, making me a better player and help my progress every single day. It's not due to me. I'm working hard, but it's a credit to my coaches, teammates and people around me."

Henry has played in 12 matches for MSU and played a season-high 34 minutes in the 2-1 overtime victory over South Carolina.

Junior MaKayla Waldner said Henry has put in quite a bit of effort to make herself and the Bulldogs better.

"Megan is like an energetic bug," Waldner said. "She comes in and will run her little heart out. She's a great person and all about this team. She has such a huge heart where she takes everything on her back. If we are not succeeding, she takes it on herself whether she's in the game or not. She's a huge team player. You can put her out there and tell her to do something and she's going to do everything she can to do that."

Lipscomb (14-4-2) secured an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament just as MSU did after winning the ASUN Conference championship.

The Bulldogs (9-6-2) know they are going to receive a tremendous challenge against the Bison.

"Lipscomb is a great team and when they come in here, we are going to treat them with the utmost respect because they made the NCAA Tournament just like we did," MSU senior Courtney Robicheaux said.

There has been a great amount of celebration around the MSU program with the school's first invite to the NCAA Tournament.

Henry is happy to be a part of it in her first season in Starkville.

"These girls, these coaches and this school all deserve it," Henry said. "Everybody has worked so hard for this."