OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA/Ole Miss Athletics) – Senior goalkeeper Kelly McCormick posted a shutout and scored her first career goal on Sunday to help deliver a 1-0 victory for Ole Miss (1-0-1, 0-0-1 SEC) over Iowa State and help the Rebels to an undefeated weekend in the opening week of play.
McCormick struck the game-winning goal for the Rebels in the 24th minute on a penalty kick after Iowa State took down junior midfielder Jennifer Miller in the box. Miller got the ball on a breakaway before the Cyclone foul set up the kick for the senior keeper.
McCormick lined up the kick and delivered the strike to put Ole Miss on the board.
The goal proved to be all the Rebels would need as the defense posted a shutout the rest of the way.
“It was a good start to our season,” said Ole Miss head coach Matt Mott. “Anytime you have an undefeated weekend it’s a good one. The kids gutted it out today and came back after an intense match on Friday night. We have to continue to get better, but I’m totally happy with the total effort and result of the weekend.
“The team really battled for 200 minutes this weekend and we’re certainly happy with that,” Mott said. “We’re happy with how the freshmen are progressing. Kelly came through and strikes the ball well on penalty kicks in practice, so it popped right into my head for her to take it today. To get a shutout win and score the game-winning goal in a weekend is really nice for her.”
Ole Miss put forth an aggressive attack out of the gates, out-shooting the Cyclones 8-to-3 in the first half on the way to the lead. The trend continued in the second half as the Rebels again got more opportunities, but both defense stepped up and limited the shot margin to 4-to-2 in favor of the Rebels.
The Rebels will take to the road to open a split weekend next week, traveling to face the Louisville Cardinals at 5 p.m. CT on Friday afternoon before returning home to host the Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium.