Senior goalkeeper Kelly McCormick tied the school record for shutout victories on Sunday afternoon, helping lead Ole Miss (7-3-4, 2-1-3 SEC) to a 1-0 victory over Alabama (7-4-2, 2-2-1 SEC) as the Rebels posted another undefeated weekend on the pitch.
McCormick posted eight saves for the match as she and the Rebel backline combined to turn away 17 Alabama shots on the way to grabbing the three coveted points in the SEC standings heading into a bye week. The senior goalkeeper now has 22 shutouts for her career.
Jennifer Miller provided the game-winning goal for the Rebels, finding the back of the net in the 20th minute to push Ole Miss to the win.
“We battled like crazy today and that makes me so happy,” said Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott. “Kelly was great with her eight saves today. Our back line and total team effort in defending was very good today. We did a good job in the midfield and a great goal by Jenn Miller. It’s always hard to get a shutout on the road.”
McCormick was tested early as the Crimson Tide fired off a trio of dangerous shots in the first seven minutes of play, but the senior keeper was up the task each time as she turned away the three Alabama shots successfully.
The Rebels settled in and reversed the pressure, firing off several shots through in succession starting at the 16-minute mark. Ole Miss final found the net when the Rebels’ Olivia Harrison got loose and tapped the ball to Miller at the top of the box. Miller then fired the shot in past the keeper to put Ole Miss on top 1-0.
McCormick and the defense continue to play well down the stretch, turning away scoring opportunities for the Tide while the Rebel offense sought a second goal in the period. The second goal never came, despite a couple of great opportunities, but the Rebels held the 1-0 advantage at the break.
Ole Miss continued to attack the Tide out of the break, notching a corner and a solid shot in the first minute of play in the second half, but the header yielded nothing as the Rebels were turned away by the Tide again.
The defense continued to step up for the Rebels throughout the second period as the backline and McCormick repeatedly turned away scoring opportunities for the Crimson Tide. After her three saves in the first half, McCormick added five more saves in the second half to lead the Rebels to the shutout victory.
Ole Miss will now have a week off before returning to action on the road with a pair of matches at Kentucky and South Carolina. The Rebels and Wildcats will kick off at 6:30 p.m. CT on Friday, October 17 when Ole Miss resumes competition..
–Ole Miss Sports Information