MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -Rafaelle Souza connected on a penalty kick in the 71st minute, but the Golden Gophers got a late penalty kick and an overtime goal to pick up the win as Ole Miss (4-1-1) fell to Minnesota (6-0-0) in the Minnesota Gold Classic on Sunday.
A pair of penalty kicks played a role in sending the Rebels to an overtime match for the second time on the weekend as the Golden Gophers evened things up in the 87th minute following a hand ball call in the box against Ole Miss.
Minnesota then hit the golden goal in the 98th minute when a deflected ball in the box was gathered by Josee Stiever and sent out of the crowd and into the net to end the match.
"It was a good weekend for us on the road coming to a Big 10 area and playing two good teams," said Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott. "We're disappointed we didn't get a result today. We had it late and started to run out of gas. The kids played hard, but Minnesota was a little fresher than us.
"We have to get home and prepare to go back out on the road to start next weekend before we come home to host Memphis on Sunday night," Mott said. "We'll be excited to get home and play in front of our crowd, but first we have to prepare for another road match on Friday."
It was a back-and-forth early with the first-time opponents feeling each other out in the beginning stages of the game. The Rebels got several opportunities out of the gates, but couldn't find the back of the net as shots went wide and high following the dangerous runs on offense by Ole Miss.
The Rebels outshot the Golden Gophers 8-to-3 in the first half and posted four corners to none for home-standing Minnesota.
The two teams again spent the early parts of the second period trading blows as they prodded each other's defense but were unable to convert on scoring opportunities. The Rebels made the first successful strike in the 71st minute.
Olivia Harrison took the ball service in down the field and flashed down the center of the field with the ball before she was taken down from behind in the box by a Golden Gopher defender as she had only the keeper to beat. Souza lined up the PK and drilled it past the freshman keeper to put Ole Miss on the board.
The Gophers looked to answer with pressure offensively following the Rebel goal, but Ole Miss turned away the attacks to maintain the 1-0 lead on the hosting Minnesota team.
Minnesota continued the high-pressure attack down the stretch and got its break with a penalty kick in the 87th minute as the Rebels were called for a hand ball in the box. Katie Thyken then hit the penalty kick for the Gophers to tie the match.
Ole Miss got its last shot in regulation with 20 seconds on the clock when Rafaelle Souza was pushed down right outside the box, resulting in a free kick for the Rebels. McCalla put the kick online, but it was deflected behind the wall and sailed wide to send the match into overtime.
The stalemate continued through the first seven minutes of the overtime period until the Golden Gophers got a ball into the box from the near side. McCormick and the defense deflected the ball, but Stiever gathered it in as a group of players went down in the box and sent it into the net for the win.
Ole Miss will return to action next Friday night, continuing to play on the road at Kennesaw State before returning home to host Memphis Sunday night.
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