Sept. 24, 2010
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Ole Miss soccer team dropped a 2-0 game at Alabama Friday night to open SEC play at the Alabama Soccer Stadium.
The Tide, who scored the game winner in the fifth minute, improved to 6-2 overall and 1-0 in the SEC while Ole Miss fell to 4-5-1 overall and 0-1 in the SEC. The Tide's win marks the first win over the Rebels since the 2004 season.
The Tide got on the board in the 5th minute as Victoria Frederick took the ball down the right side of the field and dropped it back to Brooke Rodgers. Rodgers hit a low-driven shot that beat Rebel keeper Sarah Story and gave Alabama a 1-0 lead.
Ole Miss had two good looks near the end of the first half. In the 35th minute Mandy McCalla got played into the corner and back heeled the ball to herself and beat her defender. McCalla found Erin Emerson at the near post and Emerson fired off two quick shots that required point-blank saves by Tide keeper Justine Bernier.
In the 43rd minute, Taylor Cunningham took a direct free kick from 30 yards out over the Alabama wall that forced Bernier to punch the ball over the crossbar.
In the 38th minute, McCalla played Emerson into space. Emerson took some touches into the box but had the ball tackled away. Cunningham collected the loose ball, took a big touch and fired a shot that just went over the crossbar.
Story made a big save for Ole Miss when she stopped an Alabama penalty kick taken by Molly Atherton in the 64th minute.
In the 69th minute, Kendyl Mygatt played a cross into the box that found McCalla. McCalla's shot hit off the underside of the cross bar and straight down but did not cross the goal line and was cleared out by the Tide.
Alabama added its second goal of the match in the 79th minute as Rosaly Petriello beat Story with a far-post shot.
"Overall we made too many mistakes and in the SEC you can't make that many mistakes and expect to get a result," head coach Matt Mott said. "Sarah played very well and saved a penalty and kept us in the game and I'm really happy with her performance."
Ole Miss held a 15-14 advantage in shots on goal with Emerson and Cunningham each recording five.
Ole Miss will play at #25 Auburn on Sunday at 4 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by ESPNU with Beth Mowins (play-by-play) and Cat Whitehill (color) calling the action.