Early Deficit Does In Rebels In 3-1 Loss To South Carolina



OXFORD, Miss. South Carolina scored three first-half goals to put Ole Miss in a big hole early and the Rebels (6-5-3, 3-2-1 SEC) could not mount enough of a comeback in a 3-1 loss to the Gamecocks (10-4-1, 2-3-1 SEC) on Sunday afternoon at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium.


After entering the weekend with a share of first place in the overall Southeastern Conference standings, Ole Miss dropped just its fourth and fifth league games in the last three years with the losses to Florida and South Carolina.


Darcel Mollon, who entered the match tied for second in the SEC with seven goals, scored twice for the Gamecocks, who put a dent in the scoreboard just four-and-a-half minutes into the match with a Mollon shot at the 4:31 mark before adding a second score just 33 seconds later when Kim Miller netted her first goal of the season.


After being out-shot 9-3 and out-scored 3-0 in the first half, the Rebels, who were without starting forward Hannah Weatherly as she attended her grandmother's funeral, came out with a more aggressive attack in the second period and out-shot South Carolina 4-3 while benefiting from senior Chrissy Strini’s fourth goal of the season.


"It was a game of two halves and South Carolina is a great team,” Rebel head coach Steve Holeman said. “We dug ourselves a hole in the first five minutes of the game, and we spotted a good team like South Carolina two goals early on. It’s extremely difficult to get out of that. I felt that we came out in the second half and we played extremely well, but to win games in the SEC you have to play 90 minutes, and I credit South Carolina. They came after us in the first half. Darcel was dangerous.”


Strini netted her goal at the 62:55 mark when she fired a corner kick to the upper corner of the far side of the net. SC goalkeeper Lindsay Thorstenson knocked the ball up, and it hit the crossbar and bounced in to cut the Gamecock lead to two.


Rebel starting goalkeeper Megan Vickery, who entered the contest ranked first in the league in goals-against average, allowed all three first-half goals as the SC attack continued to get by the Rebel defenders. Senior Ann Shelton played the second half and made two saves and did not allow a goal. Ole Miss allowed three goals for the first time this year.


Struggling on defense wasn’t the only rare occurrence in Sunday’s match, though, as the game saw an unusually high 36 total fouls and seven yellow cards. The Gamecocks were whistled for 21 fouls and the Rebels’ 15, while South Carolina received four cards and Ole Miss three. Mollon and Rebel junior Jennifer Hance received two yellow cards apiece, and each team had to play the final five minutes with 10 players.


On the play in which Mollon received her first yellow, she and senior Amy Gill collided at midfield. Gill was carried off the field after several minutes with a knee injury.


“She’s going to be day to day,” Holeman said. “The doctors don’t think it was an ACL, which is the good news.”


Ole Miss will take to the road for two more games against SEC East foes this coming weekend when the Rebels visit Tennessee on Friday and Georgia on Sunday. Both teams currently rank top 25 in the nation.

Ole Miss Gear
    • Ratings, Exposure Huge for Ole Miss-Alabama

      Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - Football

      Ole Miss' historic win over Alabama last Saturday was not only popular with members of Rebel Nation, it was among the most-watched college football games of the year.The Rebels' thrilling 43-37 victory over the Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium was the... read more

    • Rebels Pass First Test in Search of Playoff Berth

      Sunday, September 20, 2015 - Football

      By Steven Oubre, Ole Miss Athletics Media RelationsThe road to the College Football Playoff includes many tests along the way. The Ole Miss Rebels (3-0, 1-0 SEC) just passed their first, proving that they are a legitimate contender after knocking... read more

    • Kelly Makes Statement in Big Rebel Win

      Saturday, September 12, 2015 - Football

      By Steven Oubre, Ole Miss Athletics Media Relations Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;... read more

    • Big Plays Highlight Season-Opening Win

      Saturday, September 5, 2015 - Football

      Offense, defense and special teams. Ole Miss dominated all three aspects of the game as the 15th-ranked Rebels routed UT Martin 76-3 in the season opener. The 60,186 fans, mostly dressed in white, anticipated an exciting start to the 2015... read more

    • Time to Take a Stand

      Monday, August 31, 2015 -

      It's finally here...game week! It's been 242 days since the Ole Miss Rebels last took to the gridiron for a clash of the helmets. After a successful 2014 campaign in which Ole Miss knocked off a No. 1-ranked team... read more

    • Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge to Air on ESPNU Aug. 1

      Thursday, July 30, 2015 -

      Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE ATLANTA - On Saturday, fans can tune in to see the Rebels duo of Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze and former Ole Miss basketball player Sean Tuohy compete in the Chick-fil-A... read more

    • Rebels Emerge on Four Watch Lists This Week

      Friday, July 17, 2015 -

      Only 50 days until The Grove is full, the constant shouts of "Hotty Toddy" are in the air, and football kicks off 100 years in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium! Looking forward to this upcoming college football season, seven Rebels were named to... read more

    • Football Rebels All Over First Week of Watch List Releases

      Friday, July 10, 2015 -

      As we near the 2015 college football season, national organizations have started to release watch lists for their respective awards. Through the first week of watch lists being released, multiple Rebels have been announced as players that fans need to... read more

    • Engram, Hilton and Johnson to Represent Ole Miss at SEC Football Media Days

      Wednesday, July 8, 2015 -

      Along with head coach Hugh Freeze, three Rebels will represent Ole Miss at the annual SEC Football Media Days next week. Junior Evan Engram, just named to the John Mackey Award Watch List for college football's most outstanding tight end,... read more

    • Five Rebels Tabbed Preseason All-SEC in The Birmingham News

      Tuesday, June 30, 2015 -

      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

    • Lindy's Sports Gives Seven Rebels Preseason Recognition

      Wednesday, June 24, 2015 -

      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

    • Five Rebels Named Preseason All-America by Athlon Sports

      Tuesday, June 23, 2015 -

      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

    • Sporting News Tabs Four Rebels to Preseason All-America Teams

      Monday, June 15, 2015 - Football

      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

    • Athlon Sports Names Nine Rebels Preseason All-SEC

      Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - Football

      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

    • Eleven Rebels Garner Phil Steele Preseason Honors

      Monday, June 1, 2015 - Football

      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