OXFORD, Miss. -Bethany Bunker notched her third goal of the season, but an early deficit proved to be too much to overcome as No. 24 Ole Miss (8-2-1, 1-1-0 SEC) fell to No. 7 Florida by a score of 4-1 on Friday night.
The loss was only the second of the season for the Rebels and only home loss for Ole Miss this season, which turns around to host the Auburn Tigers at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
"We certainly got run over a little bit in the first half," said Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott. "Florida came out and scored three very good goals quickly and we weren't able to recover from that. I was disappointed we gave up a goal late there at the end because we stepped it up defensively in the second half. We have a quick turn around and have to get ready for Auburn on Sunday. We have to recover quickly and get ready to go."
Florida got on the board quickly when Annie Speese sent the ball in from the far side of the box to Savannah Jordan who was waiting in the middle of the box. Jordan turned and put the ball in the net and the Rebels trailed in the fifth minute of play.
The Gators weren't done, adding two more goals with a score from Pamela Begic in the 14th minute off a pass from the far side from Jordan and a goal in the 16th minute from Claire Falknor off a pass from Begic to take the 3-0 lead.
The Rebels settled in from there, responding with an unassisted goal from Bethany Bunker in the 29th minute of play. Bunker took the ball off a throw in from the far side by Rafaelle Souza and turned, beating a defender to put the ball in the net and get Ole Miss on the board.
It would be the only goal on the night for the Rebels, who got several good looks on their seven shots but were unable to find the back of the net.
Florida added its final goal in the 90th minute of play when Jillian Graff took a pass off the foot of Tessa Andujar from the far side of the box and put delivered the shot out of a scrum in the middle to give the Gators the final 4-1 margin of victory.
Five Ole Miss Rebels were chosen as preseason All-SEC selections by some of the people who work closest with the student-athletes, the football media relations directors. The 14 football media relations directors of the Southeastern Conference institutions voted in the... read more
The preseason accolades just don't stop for the Ole Miss football team. Everywhere you look, Rebels can be found on preseason All-America teams. Lindy's Sports recognized seven Rebels for preseason honors, including four All-Americans. Four Ole Miss Football Rebels were... read more
With the season just 74 days away, members of the 2015 Ole Miss football team continue to earn recognition on Preseason All-America lists. Athlon Sports, the latest media outlet to release its 2015 college football preseason All-America team, gave five... read more
Preseason All-America football teams continue to roll in, and Ole Miss has been well represented each time.Today, the Sporting News unveiled its preseason All-America first and second teams, which includes a total of four Rebels.OT Laremy Tunsil and DT Robert... read more
Individual preseason accolades continue to pile up for the Ole Miss football team as college football magazines look toward the 2015 season. Athlon Sports is the latest magazine to release its preseason all-conference teams, June 10; the magazine named nine... read more
The start of summer heat and vacations is also the start of another tradition - preseason college football magazines.One of the first to produce a magazine every year is Phil Steele, whose 2015 version includes about as many Ole Miss... read more
Although they will not begin competing for the Rebels until the fall, several members of the 2015 signing class have arrived at Ole Miss to begin their college journey this summer. The first of two summer sessions offered at the... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 28-May 4, 2015Baseball - The Rebels started the week defeating the Bulldogs, 11-1 in the annual Governor's Cup. The 10-run win for the Rebels marked the largest margin of victory in the 36-year history... read more
Welcome to Pittsburgh...and welcome to #SteelersNation, @Quez_G! #SteelersDraft pic.twitter.com/oY8wZc10Kk-- Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 2, 2015 Congrats Senquez Golson! Drafted 56th overall in the 2015 #NFLDRAFT by the Pittsburgh Steelers. #HottyToddy #FinsUp pic.twitter.com/EPGayDNOu7-- Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) May 2, 2015 Ole... read more
Six men with ties to Ole Miss were part of the inaugural class of 25 athletes and coaches inducted into the Scott County Hall of Fame this past Saturday at Roosevelt State Park in Morton. It is believed that this... read more
In a tie for 7th place at 7-under, @OleMissFB takes home $30,000 in charity and scholarship. #CFAPBGolf pic.twitter.com/qd0JzilyYR-- #CFAPBGolf (@CFAPeachBowl) April 28, 2015 The Ole Miss team of head football coach Hugh Freeze and Sean Tuohy turned in a strong... read more
The Ole Miss men's and women's tennis team learned their postseason destinations, as the men's and women's NCAA Tournament fields were announced Tuesday. The men, ranked No. 13 in the nation, are the No. 14 overall seed and will be... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 21-27, 2015Baseball - During the five-game homestand, Ole Miss went 3-2 with a midweek win over Central Arkansas as well as claiming a weekend series over Alabama. - The Rebels recorded 68 hits throughout... read more
With a distance of 287-yards, the 2015 #CFAPBGolf Coaches Division Long Drive Champion is @CoachHughFreeze! pic.twitter.com/ProCdgbbg9-- #CFAPBGolf (@CFAPeachBowl) April 27, 2015 Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze took home the long drive title at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge... read more