OXFORD, Miss. - It was "Kickin' Cancer" night at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium and the Rebels wasted no time kicking the offense in gear as Rafaelle Souza notched a pair of goals in the first 10 minutes of the match to help Ole Miss (8-1-1) pick up a 3-0 win over UALR (3-6-0) on Sunday.
The Rebels, who wore teal jerseys and partnered with Baptist Hospital North Mississippi to raise awareness and funds in the fight against ovarian cancer, scored three goals on the afternoon and saw lots of players get playing time in the final non-conference match of the regular season.
"It was our goal to score early and be able to get a lot of players in the match and get them some time on the field," said Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott. "A lot of our starters played a full 90 minutes on Friday night in the win at Arkansas, so it was good to get home and get the early lead so we could get some more players some minutes.
"We step back into conference play next weekend and will begin work on that Monday morning," Mott said. "It will be nice to be at home, but it's against two teams who are traditionally better teams in the conference. Certainly, what Florida has done is widely known and they have really set the standard for the conference and Auburn has been up there in the top half of the league over the years. It will be a tough weekend for us, but one we're looking forward to playing."
Souza picked up against the Trojans where she left off against the Razorbacks on Friday night. After scoring two goals in the final 15 minutes of the match at Arkansas, the senior forward notched two more against UALR on Sunday.
Souza buried her first goal in the seventh minute when Bethany Bunker dribbled the ball in on the near side of the box and sent the ball in to Souza in the middle of the box. The senior lined up her shot and buried it in the net to put the Rebels on the board.
She followed it up minutes later when Mandy McCalla sent the ball forward to Souza on the far top corner of the six-yard box and Souza again sent the ball past the keeper for the Rebels' second goal of the afternoon.
Ole Miss added its third goal in the 18th minute off a corner kick from Olivia Harrison. Harrison, who notched her third goal of the season, bent the ball in from the far side where it kicked off the hands of the Trojan keeper and into the goal to give the Rebels the 3-0 lead.
That lead would hold for the duration despite the Rebels' continuing to press the offense while substituting liberally from the bench throughout the match. Ole Miss posted 17 shots to only one from UALR on the afternoon, with nine of those shots on goal.
The Rebels will return to action on Friday, hosting No. 8 Florida at 7 p.m. at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium. Ole Miss will then continue to play at home with a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday against the Auburn Tigers. Admission for both matches is free to the public.
Ole Miss' historic win over Alabama last Saturday was not only popular with members of Rebel Nation, it was among the most-watched college football games of the year.The Rebels' thrilling 43-37 victory over the Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium was the... read more
By Steven Oubre, Ole Miss Athletics Media RelationsThe road to the College Football Playoff includes many tests along the way. The Ole Miss Rebels (3-0, 1-0 SEC) just passed their first, proving that they are a legitimate contender after knocking... read more
Offense, defense and special teams. Ole Miss dominated all three aspects of the game as the 15th-ranked Rebels routed UT Martin 76-3 in the season opener. The 60,186 fans, mostly dressed in white, anticipated an exciting start to the 2015... read more
It's finally here...game week! It's been 242 days since the Ole Miss Rebels last took to the gridiron for a clash of the helmets. After a successful 2014 campaign in which Ole Miss knocked off a No. 1-ranked team... read more
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE ATLANTA - On Saturday, fans can tune in to see the Rebels duo of Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze and former Ole Miss basketball player Sean Tuohy compete in the Chick-fil-A... read more
Only 50 days until The Grove is full, the constant shouts of "Hotty Toddy" are in the air, and football kicks off 100 years in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium! Looking forward to this upcoming college football season, seven Rebels were named to... read more
As we near the 2015 college football season, national organizations have started to release watch lists for their respective awards. Through the first week of watch lists being released, multiple Rebels have been announced as players that fans need to... read more
Along with head coach Hugh Freeze, three Rebels will represent Ole Miss at the annual SEC Football Media Days next week. Junior Evan Engram, just named to the John Mackey Award Watch List for college football's most outstanding tight end,... read more
Five Ole Miss Rebels were chosen as preseason All-SEC selections by some of the people who work closest with the student-athletes, the football media relations directors. The 14 football media relations directors of the Southeastern Conference institutions voted in the... read more
The preseason accolades just don't stop for the Ole Miss football team. Everywhere you look, Rebels can be found on preseason All-America teams. Lindy's Sports recognized seven Rebels for preseason honors, including four All-Americans. Four Ole Miss Football Rebels were... read more
With the season just 74 days away, members of the 2015 Ole Miss football team continue to earn recognition on Preseason All-America lists. Athlon Sports, the latest media outlet to release its 2015 college football preseason All-America team, gave five... read more
Preseason All-America football teams continue to roll in, and Ole Miss has been well represented each time.Today, the Sporting News unveiled its preseason All-America first and second teams, which includes a total of four Rebels.OT Laremy Tunsil and DT Robert... read more
Individual preseason accolades continue to pile up for the Ole Miss football team as college football magazines look toward the 2015 season. Athlon Sports is the latest magazine to release its preseason all-conference teams, June 10; the magazine named nine... read more
The start of summer heat and vacations is also the start of another tradition - preseason college football magazines.One of the first to produce a magazine every year is Phil Steele, whose 2015 version includes about as many Ole Miss... read more