ST. LOUIS -Mandy McCalla and Addie Forbus both notched goals on the night as Ole Miss (4-0) posted its second shutout of the weekend with a 2-0 win at Saint Louis on Sunday.
The win was the third shutout of the season and second of the weekend for the Rebels. Ole Miss also defeated Northwestern State on Friday with a 5-0 victory.
Through four games this season, the Rebels have scored 16 goals.
"It was a very physical match again on a Sunday," said Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott. "Saint Louis really gave us everything we wanted in the first half. I think we started to take over more in the second half. Their goalkeeper played fantastic and had several excellent saves. I think they will do well."
Ole Miss got on the board in the 19th minute when McCalla took the ball on a back tap from Bethany Bunker in the box and put it in the net. The Rebels, which had possessed the ball on the Saint Louis side of the field for most of the early part of the half, passed the ball around in the box for several seconds looking for an opening before Bunker found McCalla with the opening to make it 1-0.
Moments later, the Billikens returned with an attack and got off a solid shot that goalkeeper Kelly McCormick punched over the goal for the save. The ensuing corner kick came into the box and was delivered into the net, but the Saint Louis goal was waved off as a foul was called when a Billiken player pushed McCalla to the ground on the play in the box.
The Rebels cleared the ball on the goal kick and pushed the ball back to the other end of the field, continuing to apply pressure to the Billiken defense for much of the rest of the half.
McCalla, who went down on a hard challenge on a corner kick late in the first half, did not come back into the game as a precaution due to a shoulder injury.
The two teams battled early in the second half, but the Rebels in an adjusted lineup turned the first stop into an attack and did not relent from there. Ole Miss possessed the ball and pressured the Billiken defense, outshooting Saint Louis 9-to-1 in the second half.
The Rebels converted that pressure into a goal when freshmen connected in the 72nd minute of the match. Heather Lacy picked the ball from the SLU midfielder and attacked the Billiken goal. She dribbled into the box and dumped the ball off to a waiting Addie Forbus who drilled her second goal of the season to give the Rebels the 2-0 lead.
Ole Miss kept the pressure on the rest of the way and turned away several attempts by the Billikens to get back in the match on the way to preserving the shutout win.
The Rebels will continue to play on the road next weekend with a pair of matches at the Minnesota Gold Classic in Minneapolis, where Ole Miss will face Southern California and Minnesota.
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