OLE MISS

Rebels Battle to Draw on Historic Night

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Ole Miss kicked off the 2014 season in thrilling fashion, rallying to a 1-1 draw with Georgia in the season opener. The program also made history, as they played in front of a record crowd of 1,823 in the first-ever live, on-campus broadcast of the newly launched SEC Network.

"It was an overwhelming feeling being a part of the first SEC Network match," said junior Olivia Harrison, who netted the equalizer in 54th minute. "We came out with that intensity. We definitely had nerves. It's a great way to open the season, and now we can get into the rest of the season."

"We told everybody we knew to watch it, so hopefully they enjoyed the game," head coach Matt Mott said. "Our soccer wasn't great, but I thought our effort and work were there. There some really exciting moments."

The teams battled through blistering 90-degree heat and 110 minutes of action, which featured two water breaks and a combined 30 substitutions. Mott used 15 different players, including three who saw their first career action in freshmen Amanda Karlsson and Courtney Carroll, who both started, and Liza Harbin who came on as a substitute.

"The fitness was really good," Mott said. "I was happy with the way we played. It was a pretty even first half. The second half, we had it for a while, and then they had it a while. It was back and forth and a really good college soccer game, as SEC games are. I hope the fans enjoyed it. I'm happy with my team and certainly we'll take the point."

As the Rebels entered the 2014 season, they wanted to take the next step as a program, and they did just that with a record-setting crowd in the first of 16 games they will play across SEC Network and SEC Network +, its digital counterpart.

"We wanted to set the attendance record, and we did," Mott said. "Hopefully, they enjoyed it and they will want to come back out and we get big enough where they have to start adding bleachers."

"It's fantastic that we're finally getting that recognition," Harrison said. "We work so hard in practices and training. It's great that people are getting interested in our game. It's fantastic to see the game grow."

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