No. 13 Rebels shut out Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — On a beautiful Friday night at Regal Stadium, No. 13 Ole Miss defeated Tennessee, 2-0, giving the Rebels (12-3-2, 6-3-0 SEC) their first win over the Lady Vols (7-4-5, 3-4-2 SEC) since 2003 and their third straight shutout. Ole Miss also increased its winning streak to a season-high four games and became the Rebels’ seventh victory in the last eight games.
Despite being outshot by Tennessee 14-6, the Rebels were able to put two goals in the back of the net for the victory. The first goal scored by senior Jessica Hiskey for her second goal of the season.
Freshman standout CeCe Kizer scored her team-leading 12th goal of the season later in the second half. Two goals have notably been a part of the Rebel success as Ole Miss is now 11-1-1 when scoring at least two goals in a match. The two Rebel goals also mark just the fourth time this season that Tennessee has allowed multiple goals.
“It was a great game for us,” noted head coach Matthew Mott. “We had a big time goal by Jess (Hiskey) in the first half, and a great goal be (CeCe Kizer) in the second half. Total team defending was really, really good. We have a bunch of Tennessee kids on the team, and they really wanted this one after last year’s double overtime match against them. The team played at a really good level. I am just really happy with tonight’s performance.”
Another goose egg
The Rebels produced their eighth clean sheet of the season, giving redshirt freshman Marnie Merritt her sixth individual game without allowing a goal. Merritt played another great game and totaled five saves to keep the Lady Vols off the board.
“We are really committed to defending, and defending set pieces,” mentioned Coach Mott. “We did a great job at defending set pieces again today.”