OXFORD, Miss. - Leading for almost the entirety of the night, Ole Miss (9-2-2, 4-1-0 SEC) picked up three more crucial points on Thursday, handing No. 19 South Carolina (9-3-0, 4-1-0 SEC) its first loss in league play behind goals from Mo O'Connor and Ramsey Davis.
It took Ole Miss less than two minutes of game action to jump out in front. After Haleigh Stackpole's service from the wing was knocked down in the box, it was the O'Connor show. The Oxford product cut across the ball first time, sending a magisterial strike into the back of the net from 16 yards out.
The Rebs kept pressing in the opening minutes in search of a second but after that, the Gamecocks began to control the pace of play. No matter, the Ole Miss defense was up to the task, stifling the South Carolina attack to keep the score 1-0 heading into halftime.
South Carolina continued on the attack heading out of the locker room, with the Rebel back line keeping its shape to clean up any chances around the attacking area. However, Catherine Barry was able to break through in the 59th minute, tucking a shot just inside the near post from the top of the box to level the score at a goal apiece.
The Rebels responded immediately, bouncing back in the 62nd minute off of a set piece as Channing Foster's header off of Ashley Orkus' free kick was collected and cleaned up by Ramsey Davis, who slotted her shot across the face of goal and inside the bottom corner.
From there, the Rebel expertly killed the game off, keeping the ball in the corner at every opportunity and salting away the remaining seconds to move to 12 points in the SEC table.
• Ole Miss 4-1-0 start to SEC play is tied for the best start through five conference matches in program-history.
• The victory was the first win over the Gamecocks for Ole Miss since 2015, snapping a three-match South Carolina winning streak in the series.
• It was the second ranked win of the season for Ole Miss, having also beaten No. 5 LSU in Oxford.
• Taking the lead 1:42 into the match, Ole Miss led for 85:13 of game action.
• Mo O'Connor's second minute goal was the fastest for Ole Miss since Haleigh Stackpole scored 1:19 seconds into the match against Louisiana in 2018.
• Stackpole's assist on O'Connor's strike was her 13th of the season and 12th in the last 10 matches. Stackpole ranks second in the nation in the category.
• Ramsey Davis scored for the second time this season and sixth time in her career.
• Rebel keeper Ashley Orkus recorded an assist on Davis' game winner, her fourth assist in the last two seasons.
Ole Miss heads back on the road for an SEC West showdown on Sunday, heading to Bryan-College Station to take on Texas A&M at 3 p.m. CT. The match will be available for streaming on SEC Network +.