COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Rebels jumped out to an early lead, but succumbed to a second half rally from the 16th-ranked team in the country as Ole Miss (8-2, 1-2 SEC) fell to No. 16 Missouri (8-1, 3-0 SEC) on Friday night.
It was the first conference road trip of the season for the Rebels, who are at the start of a four-game road swing in SEC play.
Bethany Bunker scored her first career goal in the first half, giving the Rebels the lead early in the first half. The second half rally from the home-standing Tigers proved to be too much as an opportunistic Missouri team converted on two scoring chances inside the box down the stretch.
"It was a good game," said Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott. "We scored a good goal early and we played a good first half. The second half we came out and couldn't get a hold of the ball. It was a growing up moment for us on the road in front of 1,500 crazy fans and a hostile environment. We needed to find that second goal and we couldn't do it. This is a tough place to play and Missouri is the 16th-ranked team for a reason."
Bunker got the Rebels on the board in the 12th minute when she took a cross from Souza inside the box and put it in the back of the net. Souza brought the ball down the far side of the field dribbling past defenders and into the box before sending the cross to Bunker who came crashing in from the near side and delivered the goal.
Missouri got on the board in the 63rd minute when Abi Raymer got lost in a crowd of players in the box and took a cross from within the box from Haley Krentz. The Tigers' assist leader set a solid pass in for Raymer who put the ball in the net to even the score at one.
The Tigers took the lead in the 79th minute when Lauren Flynn took a fortuitous bounce off a ball cleared in front of the goal and put it back in the net to put Missouri on top 2-1. The Tigers sent the ball in off a corner kick from the far side that was cleared by the Rebel defense, but it bounced around in the box, landing in front of Flynn who took the shot for the lead.
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