SALINAS, Calif. -- Making an impromptu trip south from Palo Alto due to air quality issues, Ole Miss battled the top-ranked Stanford Cardinal valiantly but in the end had its season come to an end by a 4-1 score in the NCAA Tournament Second Round.
The Rebel defense started well to hold the Cardinal offense in check through the early minutes but Stanford was able to grab a lead in the 13th-minute. Morgan McAslan made the first of a number of exquisite saves on the night but Catarina Macario gathered the rebound and slotted it home to push Stanford ahead.
However, the Rebels didn't crumble under the adversity. Instead, Ole Miss knotted the match late in the first half when Lonnie Mulligan sent in a great ball from the right wing, Channing Foster got a touch and Sophie Dineen buried a shot into the open goal in the 44th-minute.
With momentum on their side, the Rebels came out of the half time break fired up but again found themselves behind in the 49th-minute following a score by Naomi Girma off of a rebound.
McAslan and the Ole Miss defense stood their ground and challenged the Cardinal for the remainder of the match but the Cardinal proved their skill, scoring two more goals late on to put the match away.
The Rebels conclude the season with an 13-8-1 overall record, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for just the fourth time in program-history.