Oct. 6, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia soccer team got a third-minute goal from freshman Marion Crowder but went on to allow three unanswered scores in Sunday's 3-1 loss to 25th-ranked Ole Miss at the UGA Soccer Stadium.
The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 9-4-0 (2-3-0) on the season, while the Rebels jump to 10-3-1 (3-2-0). Ole Miss was the third nationally-ranked team Georgia has faced in the last five outings.
"We have to make sure we learn from this weekend," said head coach Steve Holeman. "Ole Miss was the better team today and they took it to us in the first half. This was the first time all season where I felt like we basically got dominated. We were fortunate to go into the half 1-1. They have some special players - two of the leading scorers in the country. We were better in the second half, but we shouldn't wait until the second half to try to get after a team."
Crowder tallied her team-leading ninth goal of the season just 2:22 into the contest, as she was played through by defender Torri Allen, stayed onside and finished into the corner to give the Bulldogs the 1-0 lead. Moments later, Rachel Garcia found Crowder again in front, but that time the rookie was barely behind the defender and called offside to thwart the chance.
With 25:10 to play in the first, senior Rafaelle Souza equalized for Ole Miss, scoring on a near-impossible shot off a free kick from just inside the end line at the edge of the 18-yard box. It was Souza's team- and SEC-leading 12th goal of the year, and the teams wound up still knotted 1-1 at halftime.
The Rebels took their first lead of the game in the 52nd minute, as Mandy McCalla held off her defender and headed in an Erin Emerson corner kick past Caitlin Woody to make it 2-1. The Bulldogs did all they could to fight for the tying goal as the second half wore on, and one of the best looks came when the senior Madeline Barker - who tied things up for Georgia Friday night vs. Alabama with two minutes to play in regulation - made a good run before dishing to freshman Gabby Seiler. Seiler then played it back to Barker, but her left-footed shot was saved.
Ole Miss then sealed it with another goal from Souza in the 81st minute, as she fired one from a bad angle on the left side and the ball somehow finding the bottom right corner to push the lead to 3-1 in favor of the visitors. The assist on the play went to McCalla, who threaded it to Souza to set up the score.
Georgia had a couple looks toward the end of the half, but were unable to strike again, and were dealt their second loss of the weekend after Friday night's 3-2 overtime heartbreaker to the Crimson Tide.
Woody ended the game with eight saves - good for her season and career high.
The Bulldogs are on the road next Friday night at Auburn, before their second open date of the season on Sunday. Live audio coverage and the Georgia Soccer Live Blog will be available for the match against the Tigers beginning at 8 p.m. ET.