March 29, 2005
RIDGELAND, Miss. -
For the second straight year, Ole Miss polished off Southern Miss in spring exhibition play at Ridgeland's Freedom Ridge Park, as the Rebels cruised to a 3-0 victory in Friday's MLS Challenge, sponsored by the Mississippi United Soccer Club.
"It's not too often we get to play in front of 2,000 people in a spring match," said Ole Miss head coach Steve Holeman. "The atmosphere was amazing, and it was easily the best environment we have ever had for an exhibition match."
Elise Karlowicz put Ole Miss on the board just before the half, and the Rebels nailed down the victory with a pair of late goals. Mary Robinson set up an Amy Gill score in the 76th minute, and passing from Brittney Potts allowed Kelly Renie to follow with her team-high third goal of the spring to wrap up the evening's scoring.
"It was great to get a 3-0 win over a very competitive Southern Miss team," Holeman said. "We were strong in finishing our scoring opportunities, and defensively, did a nice job of keeping USM out of the net."
Following the Ole Miss-Southern Miss collegiate battle, Major League Soccer teams the Chicago Fire and the NY/NJ MetroStars faced off, with the Fire prevailing 2-0.
The Rebels, who are unbeaten this spring at 2-0-1, will be in split-squad action Saturday when they host the annual Ole Miss 7-Aside Tournament in Oxford.