BATON ROUGE, La. -Rafaelle Souza notched her conference-leading 14th goal of the season on Friday to lift No. 24 Ole Miss (12-3-1, 5-2-0 SEC) to a 1-0 victory on the road over No. 25 LSU (9-4-2, 5-1-1 SEC).
The win marked the first time that a team had defeated the SEC-leading Tigers in conference play this season and gave the Rebels the lead in the all-time series. Ole Miss now holds a 9-8-4 edge in the history of the series with LSU.
"It was an awesome result for our girls tonight," said Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott. "They fought like crazy for 90 minutes tonight and really gutted out a big win. Both teams hit the post a couple of times and our players really worked hard for this win. LSU is a fantastic team and there is a reason they were leading the league. We're very excited to come down here and get a win."
The two teams played a virtual even match in the first half, with the lone exception being the goal from Souza.
The Rebels got on the board in the 33rd minute when Rafaelle Souza took a corner kick in the box from Erin Emerson and put it in the goal. It was the 14th goal of the season for Souza and the third assist of the season for Emerson, who moved into the role of serving up corner kicks for the Rebels in the win over No. 20 Georgia two weeks ago.
The Rebels held the lead into the halftime break, despite a fairly even half statistically. Both teams fired five shots in the period, but Ole Miss was the only team to convert successfully with the Souza goal.
Ole Miss turned up the offensive pressure in the second half, notching 12 shots to the Tigers' six. The defense kept the Rebels on top, though, as Ole Miss picked up the shutout victory. It marks the eighth shutout victory of the season for the Rebels this season, tying the mark set a year ago for the most shutout wins in the Matt Mott era and three shy of the school record set in 2005.
Junior goalkeeper Kelly McCormick posted four saves on the night to preserve the clean sheet for the Rebels.
Ole Miss will return to action on Sunday when the Rebels host No. 7 South Carolina at 1 p.m. at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium.
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