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Ole Miss soccer falls at LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. — Ole Miss outshot LSU, 12-10, but two penalty kicks and a late score off a corner kick proved to be the difference as the Rebels fell, 3-0, Friday night at the LSU Soccer Stadium.

The Rebels (4-5, 0-2 Southeastern Conference) trailed just 1-0 at half after a foul and penalty kick in the 30th minute, but another foul in the box and late score off a set piece sealed the win for the Tigers (5-4, 1-1 SEC).

The two sides began the match in a defensive battle with just nine combined shots in 45 minutes, but the opportunities weren’t limited as the two clubs also combined for seven offside calls in the half. Both sides finished the contest with six offside calls each thwarting multiple chances for the Rebels’ offense.

After posting just three shots in the first period, the Rebels fired back with nine in the second totaling 12, led by six from senior Gretchen Harknett, two of which were on target. CeCe Kizer finished the night with two shots, while Alley Houghton, Madison Meador, Maddi Falter and Liza Harbin also posted one shot each.

Ole Miss wasted no time early in the second half putting up chances, as Gabby Little provided a cross into Harbin in the 51st for a header that went just high and wide of the net. Fifteen minutes later, the Rebels had two corner kick opportunities with one each from Kizer and Harknett on either side, but weren’t able to capitalize.

The Rebels also had a chance in the 72nd when Meador fired off a strong shot resulting in a corner for Kizer. Her set piece in to Houghton allowed the freshman to find room, but her attempt from around 10 yards out was saved.

Eighteen different Rebels saw the field in the match, as freshman Grace Waugh got the first start of her young career.

Ole Miss returns to action Sunday night at Tulsa at 7 p.m. for the final non-conference match of the season.