OXFORD, Miss. -- Georgia and Ole Miss soccer played to a 1-1 tie in front of a record crowd of 1,823 at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium. The game served as the first live on-campus event televised on the newly launched SEC Network.
The Bulldogs got their goal from sophomore Gabby Seiler, while freshman goalkeeper Louise Hogrell recorded four saves in goal. Olivia Harrison scored the goal for the Rebels, taking a pass in the box from freshman Amanda Karlsson in the 54th minute Friday night to help Ole Miss (0-0-1, 0-0-1) rally for a 1-1 tie with Georgia (0-0-1, 0-0-1 SEC) in the season and conference opener for both teams.
The Rebels and Bulldogs played to a draw the rest of the way as both teams turned away attacks through the final 36 minutes of regulation and two overtime periods on the way to the draw.
"We've got a lot to learn from this game," said Georgia head coach Steve Holeman. "It was a great match between two teams just getting underway. Ole Miss is a great team and we're lucky to take a point out of here. We had our moments, they had their moments, and it was a great SEC battle. With the heat today, we had to show our depth. I thought to start the second half we weren't at our best and Ole Miss had a lot to do with that. When we had to go to some of our other personnel, the players who came off the bench changed the game, and we took some momentum toward the latter part of the second half and into overtime. Overall, it was a good game for us, and we'll certainly assess and become better because of it."
"It was a great college soccer game," said Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott. "Both teams had tremendous energy, even if it wasn't the best soccer at times. I'm happy with the game and take the point in the SEC standings and move on for Iowa State on Sunday.
"The crowd was loud and I'm so proud of the Ole Miss faithful. They are such good fans all the times. They were loud and when we scored the place erupted. I wish we could have scored a second time for them, but I'm happy with the result and the effort."
The Bulldogs will take on UNC Greensboro Sunday at 2 p.m. at the UGA Soccer Stadium. The game will be streamed live on SEC Network + with additional live audio on Georgiadogs.com.
Ole Miss will return to action on Sunday, stepping out of conference to host Iowa State at 1 p.m. at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium.