FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -Olivia Harrison and Rafaelle Souza found a rhythm late for the Rebels, connecting twice in the final 15 minutes of the match to help give Ole Miss (7-1-1) a 2-1 victory on the road at Arkansas (7-2-0) in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
Souza now leads the Rebels with nine goals on the season, while Harrison holds the team lead with five assists to pace a balanced offensive attack.
It was the first home loss of the season for Arkansas.
"It's huge to pick up a win tonight," said Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott. "Road wins are so important and start conference play on the right foot was big. To come back after falling behind on the road just says a lot about the character of this team.
"We did a good job of passing the ball and moving it around," Mott said. "Olivia found two good spots and the Rafa did what she does and put the ball in the net. Our back line did a really good job against a tough front line that has been scoring a lot of goals for Arkansas."
The Rebels wasted no time in attacking the Razorbacks, notching a shot and a trio of corner kicks three minutes into the match. The two teams then settled into a rhythm after the early Ole Miss assault, but neither team could capitalize.
Ole Miss posted three shots on goal and looked to have scored on the first, but the goal from Souza was waved off as she was deemed off-sides following a deflection prior to her shot that went into the net. The Rebels took the ball into the box and Harrison took a shot that was deflected by the keeper, Souza gathered the ball and put it back into the net, but it was ruled no goal.
After the first half, the Rebels held three shots on goal and four corners, while the Razorbacks had not notched a shot on goal in the first period.
Arkansas got on the board and took the 1-0 lead in the 61st minute when a corner kick was sent back out to the far side and then sent back into the box. It was lost in the chaos and Allie Tripp put the ball in the net to give the Razorbacks the lead.
Ole Miss got a pair of chances to answer a few minutes later with corner kicks that provided solid scoring opportunities, but one shot was blocked and the other sailed high as Souza almost bent it in from the near side.
The Rebels finally tied the match with a goal from Souza in the 76th minute, Mandy McCalla took a shot that was saved by the fingertips of the Razorback goalkeeper. Ole Miss gathered the deflection and sent it back into the box where Olivia Harrison tapped it to Souza near the penalty hash and the senior buried the shot.
Ole Miss took the lead in the 85th minute when Harrison and Souza connected again, this time from the far side, to give the Rebels the 2-1 lead on the Razorbacks.
The Rebels held on down the stretch while continuing to press the ball on the Arkansas half of the field to pick up the 2-1 win.
Ole Miss will return to action on Sunday when the Rebels host UALR in the final non-conference matchup of the regular season at 5 p.m. It will be Family Movie Night and Kickin' Cancer Night at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium with the Rebels partnering with the Student Activities Association and Baptist Hospital to provide a fun night for the family and raise funds and awareness in the fight against ovarian cancer.
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