OXFORD, Miss. - The Rebels continued to take advantage of solid ball movement and an aggressive offense as three players notched goals and Ole Miss (3-0) defeated Northwestern State (0-3) by a score of 5-0 on Friday night.
"We moved the ball really well early on, and Rafa was able to create an early goal off the penalty kick," said Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott. "We were able to move the ball all night long, play quickly and move the ball around. Mandy got in on the action with two great goals and Bethany (Bunker) had a great goal to start the second half and put things out of reach."
Ole Miss scored quickly, converting on a penalty kick in the fourth minute of play to get on the board. Souza took the ball at the top of the box on the far side and dribbled in before being taken down, drawing the foul and setting up the shot. The senior then drilled the penalty kick to get the scoring started for the Rebels.
Souza notched her second goal of the night a short time later, taking a pass from Olivia Harrison at the far top corner of the box again and lined up her shot. The ball rose and was tipped by a leaping goaltender into the back of the net as she tried to make the stop on the Souza shot, giving Ole Miss the 2-0 lead in the 16th minute of play.
McCalla got in on the scoring 15 minutes later, notching the Rebels' third goal of the night in the 31st minute of play. McCalla cut toward the goal from the near side and took a deflected ball off a cross, gathered it in and beat a defender before burying the ball in the net.
Ole Miss would lead 3-0 at the half.
The Rebels picked up the scoring again quickly in the second half, notching the fourth goal of the night in the 47th minute. Bunker took the ball on a fast break and drove two thirds of the field by herself before lining up the shot and driving it into the goal for the 4-0 lead.
The Rebels capped the night's scoring in the 56th minute of play on McCalla's second goal of the night. Sophomore Jennifer Miller took the ball on the near side and dribbled past a defender before sending the ball into McCalla in the middle of the box. McCalla then converted the goal for what would prove to be the final margin of victory.
Ole Miss will head back on the road this weekend to take on the Saint Louis Billikens at 7 p.m. Sunday.
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