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Ole Miss defeats Southern Mississippi in soccer

Ole Miss continued to flex its offensive prowess with an 8-0 win over in-state rival Southern Miss on Sunday night, which included the third hat trick of the season.

It’s the third time the Rebels (5-0-1) have scored eight goals in a game and the second time freshman Channing Foster has found the back of the net three times in a contest.

The scoring again started early on with a goal in the 5th minute on a penalty kick by junior CeCe Kizer’s penalty kick. Kizer was awarded the penalty attempt after being grabbed inside the 6-yard box by Southern Mississippi goalkeeper Kelly Brahmbhatt. From there, the Golden Eagles (4-1) played the rest of the match with only 10 players, giving Ole Miss an even bigger opportunity to score.

The 15th minute brought the second goal of the night when Grace Waugh sent a beautiful cross into the box, which Julia Phillips was perfectly aligned for and headed it into the back right corner. Four minutes later, Foster flicked it into an empty net for a 3-0 lead.

Her second goal would come in the 50th minute when she buried a shot with space directly in front of the net off a Kizer assist, her second of the night. Just six minutes later, senior captain Bella Fiorenzo converted a penalty kick after a Golden Eagle foul in the box, pushing the advantage to 5-0.

Foster finished off the hat trick in the 60th minute when she hit the left post, and the deflection snuck through for the score. Freshman Molly Martin was credited with the assist, her first of the year.

Sophomore Alley Houghton collected her second goal of the season in the 79th minute when she completely beat a Golden Eagle defender in the corner, then had her way with the backup keeper for a punch into the left corner. Then, with less than a minute to go, junior Marisa Kutchma buried a cross from Mary Kate Smith to cap the scoring at 8-0.

Ole Miss’ offense accounted for 33 shot attempts, including 13 on goal. Defensively, the Rebel goalkeepers faced just four Southern Miss shots, with starter Marnie Merritt and Claire Williams making a save each.

Kickers

  • Announced attendance for Sunday night’s game was 1,052, the largest this year, and 19th largest in program history. It marked the third crowd of 800-plus fans this season as the Rebels close out their six-game homestand.
  • For the third time in six outings, Ole Miss scored eight goals in a game, marking the first time in school history the Rebels have had eight goals in three different games.
  • Freshman Channing Foster recorded her second hat trick on the young season, becoming only the fourth player in school history to have two in the same season (Brittney Potts – 2004, Sarah Wong – 1998, Sarah Comeaux – 1996). The freshman is up to seven goals on the young season, tied for the team lead.
  • With her seventh goal, junior CeCe Kizer moved up to a tie for ninth all-time in career goals in the Ole Miss record book. She also carded two assists, tied for second-most on the club.
  • The Ole Miss defense pitched its fifth shutout in six tries, already topping last season’s entire total of shutouts. The Rebels have allowed only 31 shots all season, giving up just one goal in six contests.
  • Six different Rebels scored on Sunday, as now 15 different players have found the back of the net in a Rebel uniform this season.
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Claire Williams saw her second action of the season after entering to play the final 18 minutes in goal, making one stop for the Rebels.
  • The Rebels are off to their best six-game start since the 2012 campaign, when they went 8-0 to start that season. Ole Miss was also unbeaten through the first six in 2015 with two ties.
  • Ole Miss is now 10-0 all-time against Southern Miss in the Magnolia State rivalry.

Up Next
Ole Miss heads to Memphis September 8 and September 10 for a pair of games at the Memphis Tournament, including a Friday night contest versus Tulsa at 5 p.m., and a Sunday night tilt with the host Tigers at 7 p.m.