Freshman forward CeCe Kizer and junior midfielder Addie Forbus have created a bond on the field as teammates, and this unique bond between the two has been a great deal of help to the Ole Miss soccer team.
After coming up short on Friday night to No. 18 Kentucky, the Rebels bounced back at home to Louisville with a 2-1 win to end their seven-game home stand. Kizer, the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week, scored the decisive goal with an assist from Forbus, who ran down the right side of the field only to find Kizer across for the score.
Kizer now has seven goals on the season, which leads the team.
“Gretchen played a great ball over the top and it went right over the defender’s head and it was a foot race from that point,” said Forbus, who has five goals of the season. “I saw CeCe wide open on the back post and luckily I found her on the chip and she had a great finish.”
Freshman goalkeeper Marnie Merritt made the game-winning save as the Cardinals were looking to tie it up in the final seconds. Merritt recorded six saves in Sunday afternoon’s win.
“It was a great pass from Addie and even a better finish from CeCe. I think when we have those guys that can score goals, it’s going to make them dangerous,” head coach Matthew Mott said. “Scoring goals is the key and they really give themselves a chance by the way they are playing.”
Louisville tied the game at one apiece at the 64th minute with a goal from sophomore midfielder Alison Price, whose shot attempt came from the middle box from a corner kick from teammate Victoria Martinis.
Ole Miss (5-1-2) played with a sense of urgency on both sides of the ball, keeping Louisville (3-3-1) far away from the net to score a goal. The Rebels’ defense held the Cardinals’ offense to eight shot attempts and five corner kicks.
Forbus received a pass from Gretchen Harknett from the center of the box to score her fifth goal of the season at the 34th minute which gave Ole Miss the 1-0 lead heading into halftime. The Rebels had six shot attempts and five corner kicks after the first 45 minutes.
Ole Miss finished the game with 14 shot attempts and five corner kicks. The Rebels will hit the road next Friday night looking for their first SEC win when they take on the Florida Gators.
Feature image credit: Joshua McCoy, Ole Miss Athletics