STARKVILLE, Miss. – Despite coming early in the game, an own-goal proved to be the costly one on Thursday night as Ole Miss (12-8, 5-8 SEC) fell to Mississippi State (9-10-1, 2-10-1 SEC) by a score of 3-2 in double overtime.
The Rebels fell behind 2-0 early in the second half off an own-goal and goal from Mississippi State’s Elisabeth Sullivan – the first of two goals for the junior on the night. Sullivan also hit the golden goal in the second overtime period in the 104th minute to give the Bulldogs the win.
The match was dominated by the Rebels for most of the contest as Ole Miss out-shot the Bulldogs 22-to-8 on the night.
Sara Coleman sparked the rally and got the Rebels on the board in the 78th minute when she took a deflection off a free kick from Mandy McCall and put it back in the net. McCalla took the shot on a free kick following a Mississippi State foul and it was stopped by the keeper, but the ball bounce in the box and a charging Coleman squared up the shot and buried it in the net.
It was the third goal of the season for Coleman, a freshman from Laurel.
The Rebels tied the match at two in the 80th minute when Souza took a ball in the box off a service from McCalla on the far side and headed it past the keeper to even the score at two.
The Rebels couldn’t muster a third goal in the overtime period to claim the win as the game went into a second overtime period before Mississippi State would pick up the win.
Ole Miss kept the pressure on the Bulldogs for much of the first half, out-shooting the home team 6-to-4 and possessing the ball on the Mississippi State half of the field a significant amount of the period.
The Rebels got perhaps the best opportunity of the half when Rafaelle Souza took the ball on the far side of the field and dribbled into the six-yard box and dumped it off to Brooke Theobald. Theobald took the shot, but it was blocked by a Bulldog defender as Mississippi State kept Ole Miss off the board.
Mississippi State took the lead in the 66th minute when an own goal spelled trouble for the Rebels. A cross sent the ball in the box where the Rebel defense went to play it out, instead the ball got bumped back into the goal by a Rebel in the chaos and put the Bulldogs on the board.
The Bulldogs extended the lead in the 74th minute when Sullivan took a deflection off the far post that skipped across the box to the near post where she put it back in the net to make it 2-0 in favor of the home team.
The Rebels then mounted the furious rally that would tie the game and send it into the first of two overtime periods.
Ole Miss will return to action on Monday evening when the Rebels take on LSU in the first day of action at the SEC Tournament. The contest with the Tigers will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Orange Beach Sports Complex in Orange Beach, Ala.
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
Hugh Freeze and Ross Bjork embarked on the Rebel Road Trip, the baseball team claimed their weekend series over Alabama that featured the largest crowd of the season and the football program's NFL presence is expected to grow with the... read more
Ole Miss swept a doubleheader Saturday, defeating Alabama 10-2 in Game One and 4-0 in Game Two. As a pitching staff, the Rebels allowed just one earned run and scattered a combined 12 hits with 17 strikeouts compared to just... read more
Ole Miss head football coach Hugh Freeze will team with former All-SEC basketball player Sean Tuohy to represent the Rebels for the fourth straight year and compete for a share of the $520,000 total purse in the ninth annual Chick-fil-A... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 14-20, 2015Men's Tennis- Ole Miss downed No. 22 Vanderbilt 4-1 to advance to the SEC Tournament semifinals for the 16th time in program history.- The Rebels rallied to take the doubles point and then got... read more
With a split of road matches at South Carolina and No. 8 Georgia, the Ole Miss men's tennis team moved up one spot to No. 13 in the nation entering the Southeastern Conference Men's Tennis Championship this week in College... read more