LEXINGTON, Ky. -- In the pouring rain and chilly temperatures, Ole Miss soccer battled and came out on top, 2-1, over Kentucky in double overtime Saturday night.
It was the freshman and hometown kid, Alley Houghton, who netted the game-winner for the Rebels (7-6, 2-3 SEC) in the 101st minute. Senior Addie Forbus assisted her giving Ole Miss a pivotal three points towards the SEC standings.
In a match that featured a slow start and only three shots for the visiting Rebels, they only needed two to grab the victory. The first 22 minutes featured no shot from either side as the two teams went into the halftime break scoreless.
The Wildcats (4-6-2, 0-4-1 SEC) scored late in the 78th minute, but Ole Miss fought back and netted the equalizer six minutes later sending it into extra time. It was junior Liza Harbin who headed in the tying goal at the 84:33 mark after senior Gretchen Harknett provided the cross in from the far post.
That score held for the remainder of the full regulation time sending the match into overtime, the Rebels' first of the season. Houghton had a look in that period as CeCe Kizer got a breakaway down field and dished one to her, but a save kept the match tied up.
Three minutes later though, after just starting the second and final overtime, Houghton broke through. After Houghton was fouled, senior Addie Forbus was awarded a free kick and crossed it in from just outside the 18-yard box, when the freshman was there to collect it and flicked it in for her first career score.
The win gives Ole Miss six points total in the SEC standings pushing up to a tie for eighth in the race for the SEC Tournament.
Not to be outdone, sophomore goalkeeper Marnie Merritt also had a huge night keeping away six Kentucky shots, second-most for her in a game this season. She had three notable stops including one in the 59th when the ball got bounced around in the box and she and Melissa Capocaccia both had to make outstanding saves. Just seconds later she also had to make a diving effort to fend off a Tanya Samarzich shot, and 15 minutes later lunged to her left keeping a Gina Crosetti shot away.
She, Grace Waugh, Marisa Kutcha (first career start), Gretchen Harknett, Melissa Capocaccia, Addie Forbus and Liza Harbin played the full 102 minutes for Ole Miss.
The victory for the Rebels was the first in Lexington in five years, and evens up the all-time series, 11-11-1.
The Rebels return to SEC play next Thursday, Oct. 6, at Alabama, with first kick set for 7 p.m. in Tuscaloosa.