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Regionally ranked Ole Miss closes out Bucs, 4-0
Sophomore keeper Megan Masch led the Bucs defense with eight saves against Ole Miss.
Sophomore keeper Megan Masch led the Bucs defense with eight saves against Ole Miss.

Friday, September 11, 2009

OXFORD, Miss. (Sept. 11, 2009) - After holding Mississippi scoreless throughout the first half the ETSU women's soccer team could not overcome a late Ole Miss rally falling 4-0 Friday night to the regionally ranked Rebels at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium.

 

With the win Ole Miss improves to 4-1 on the season, while the Bucs fall to 1-5.

 

"Tonight I was proud of our player's effort and how we stayed together as a team throughout the entire match," said head coach Heather Henson. "Our goal these last three non-conference matches is to work our system and prepare the girls for league play in a couple of weeks. This evening our pace was good and I thought our passing was a lot cleaner in the attacking third."

 

After both teams failed to find the back of the net in the first 62 minutes of play, Ole Miss forward Hannah Weatherly opened the scoring with a 15 yard blast into the left corner of the goal, giving the Rebels a 1-0 lead.

 

Ole Miss forward Taylor Cunningham added to the deficit with her team-leading fourth goal, off an outstanding long pass from teammate Kelsey Breathitt in the 66th minute.

 

Six minutes later the Rebels were at it again, as midfielder Mary Bailey placed a outstanding corner kick to teammate Brittany King, who converted three yards inside the box for a 3-0 lead.

 

Ole MIss added one final goal in the 75th minute, as forward Danielle Johnson ripped home her season's second score off of a long assist from sophomore defender Meredith Snow.

 

 "Ole Miss is a deep team with 14 scholarship players," said Henson. "That depth was the difference in the second half. Early our girls stuck to our attack and that allowed us to play a quality opening 62 mintues. Unfortunately, Ole MIss has great team speed and their counterattack showed up as the match progressed." 

 

ETSU continues with its second straight Southeastern Conference road contest with a 2:00 p.m., kickoff at Mississippi State, Sunday.

 

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