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Soccer's Comeback At UAB Falls Short

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Two late goals from Mandy McCalla and Rafaelle Souza weren’t enough as the Ole Miss soccer team fell at UAB 4-2 Saturday night.

With the loss, Ole Miss fell to 4-3-1 while UAB improved to 3-5. The game marked the final non-conference game for the Rebels.

Trailing 4-0, McCalla scored her second goal of the year for Ole Miss in the 68th minute off an assist from Souza while Souza scored her team-leading seventh goal of the year in the 81st minute off an assist from McCalla.

“We put ourselves in an early hole getting down 2-0 at halftime,” head coach Matt Mott said. “Giving up two goals early made it hard to comeback. Credit UAB. They worked hard and played well, and we were not able to get ourselves back in the game.”

Ole Miss recorded 13 shots in the game (seven on goal) while UAB recorded 19 (14 on goal). McCalla led the Rebels with four shots.

Ole Miss keeper Kelly McCormick made a career-high 10 saves in her first career start for the Rebels.

The Blazers got on the board in the 13th minute as Johanna Liney scored a goal off an assist from Carolyn Polcari.  UAB increased its lead to 2-0 in the 37th minute as Sarah Hopper beat McCormick, who came out to track down the ball.

UAB added another goal in the 52nd minute as Emma Smith scored from a shot 35-yards out.  Smith added her second goal of the match just one minute later as the Blazers went up 4-0.

McCalla hit the post in the 86th minute.

Ole Miss will open SEC play on the road next week, playing at Arkansas on Friday at 7 p.m. and at LSU on Sunday at 1 p.m.