OXFORD, Miss. - The Rebels rebounded in a big way from the first home loss of the season, putting together an offensive outburst Sunday afternoon as Ole Miss (9-2-1, 2-1-0 SEC) defeated Auburn (4-6-1, 0-3-0 SEC) by a score of 7-0.
The win was the largest margin of victory for the Rebels in a Southeastern Conference match in the history of the program as five different players scored on the afternoon, paced by two goals each from sophomore Bethany Bunker and senior Mandy McCalla.
Senior Rafaelle Souza added three assists on the afternoon to help key the Ole Miss attack.
"We passed the ball so beautifully all afternoon," said Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott. "The girls had so much energy and were fired up. We came out hungry and put the ball in the box and finished. It was a total team performance. A win like that doesn't happen in the SEC often, so we hope to take this and build on it as we go on the road. Tennessee and Georgia are two teams who are playing well right now. It will be a big weekend for us as we head back out on the road."
Bunker and McCalla set the tone early, notching goals in the first four minutes of the game to give the Rebels the early 2-0 advantage. Bunker scored in the third minute off a pass from the foot of Rafaelle Souza on the far side of the box to put Ole Miss on the board. McCalla then took a corner from the near side off Souza's foot in the fourth minute and put it in the net.
Ole Miss held the 2-0 advantage at the half following the quick goals.
Bunker continued the quick strike attack for the Rebels in the second half, putting her second shot in the net 34 seconds into the second half as she dribbled down the far side of the field and into the box, beating the Auburn keeper one-on-one to put Ole Miss on top 3-0.
Olivia Harrison notched her fourth goal of the season two minutes later, taking a shot from the top of the box in the 48th minute that hit the crossbar and dropped into the goal behind the line to extend the Rebels' lead.
McCalla notched her second goal of the day in the 58th minute of play, taking a pass from Souza in the middle of the box after Souza played the ball to the near side of the field. McCalla then squared and shot, driving the ball between the legs of the Auburn keeper to put the Rebels on top 5-0.
Senior midfielder Emily Reid got in on the action in the 79th minute after being denied on a penalty kick earlier in the game. Reid took the ball from the near side and dribbled to the top of the box, squaring up 20 yards out and drilling the ball over the hands of the leaping Auburn keeper to add to the Ole Miss lead.
Freshman Addie Forbus capped the Rebel scoring with her goal in the 86th minute when she took the ball from Emily Reid in the near side of the box and shot across the keeper, burying the ball in the net from close to 15 yards out.
Ole Miss will return to action next weekend with a pair of road matches in SEC play when the Rebels travel to take on Tennessee and Georgia. The Rebels and Lady Vols will face-off at 6 p.m. CT on Friday before Ole Miss will face Georgia at 1 p.m. CT on Sunday.
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