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.
Senior quarterback Bo Wallace, like his head coach, stepped into a program that had won just two games in 2011 and had lost 14 straight games. Three years later, Wallace helped lead the ninth-ranked Rebels to their first nine-win regular... read more
Official welcome to Chad Kelly, the No. 1 JUCO QB in the country from national champion East Mississippi CC. #HottyToddy-- Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) December 17, 2014 Just Sent My LOI In To The University Of Mississippi!!! Feel's Good To... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewDec. 8-14, 2014Women's Basketball- The Ole Miss women's basketball team rebounded with a 88-48 win over South Alabama on Sunday. The win was the first after back-to-back losses for the Rebels for the first time... read more
Ole Miss Details Stadium Expansion Plans Ole Miss unveiled the master plan for Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, which includes two phases of renovation and expansion. Scheduled for completion by the start of the 2016 season, the expansion will bring the seating capacity... read more
With final exam week on the Ole Miss campus, there was not much game action, but there's still plenty to talk about, as Ole Miss finalized salary increases for head football coach Hugh Freeze and his staff, and the football... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewDec. 1-7, 2014Football- No. 9 Ole Miss accepted an invitation to play in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, where they will face No. 6 TCU on Dec. 31 in Atlanta's Georgia Dime.- Ole Miss is making... read more
While the Rebels have enjoyed a solid fall on the fields and courts and look forward to the upcoming Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and more basketball games, all student-athletes are busy this week proving they are champions in the classroom... read more
In the early part of the week, Athletics Director Ross Bjork and head football coach Hugh Freeze reached an agreement on a new contract. In the late part of the week, the Rebels learned their postseason bowl destination. Here are... read more
Ole Miss continued its strong bounce-back from a season-opening loss to Charleston Southern, improving to 5-1 on the season and knocking off two previously unbeaten opponents in No. 23 Creighton and Cincinnati to capture the inaugural Emerald Coast Classic. "We... read more
Athletics Director Ross Bjork and head football coach Hugh Freeze reached an agreement on a new contract, they both announced on Twitter early Tuesday morning. Terms will be released as they are finalized and are expected in the coming days.... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review Nov. 24-30, 2014Football- No. 18 Ole Miss won the annual "Egg Bowl" rivalry 31-17 over No. 4 Mississippi State in front of another sold-out crowd at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Saturday afternoon.- The Rebels finish the... read more
Ole Miss collected a lot of hardware over the weekend, as the football team reclaimed the Egg Bowl trophy and the men's and women's basketball returned home with regular-season tournament championship. Here are some thoughts and opinions on the week... read more