Rebels Announce 2013 Soccer Schedule Ole Miss Will Face Six NCAA Tournament Teams This Fall
Mandy McCalla and the Rebels will host 10 matches in a challenging 20-game schedule this fall.
June 5, 2013
OXFORD, Miss. – Fresh off one of the program’s best season’s that saw the Rebels finish two games shy of the best record in school history, the Ole Miss women’s soccer team has stepped up to the plate again with a challenging schedule for the 2013 season, head coach Matt Mott announced on Wednesday.
The 2013 campaign will feature five teams who advanced to NCAA Tournament play a year ago, including games against four teams who advanced past the first round and a pair of Sweet 16 teams in Florida and Texas A&M.
“We’re really excited about this schedule,” said Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott. “It’s a challenging schedule, but one we’re thrilled to get a chance to play. We look forward to testing ourselves with a challenging non-conference schedule that features a pair of perennial powers in Minnesota and Southern California, as well as hosting Memphis in a regional rivalry game. We then jump into our conference schedule and play a tough slate of league games.”
The Rebels will play host to 10 matches this season, including four non-conference contests against Louisiana-Lafayette (8/23), Northwestern State (8/30), Memphis (9/15) and Arkansas-Little Rock (9/22).
In addition to the four non-conference matches, the Rebels will host seven Southeastern Conference foes, including Florida (9/27), Auburn (9/29), Vanderbilt (10/11), South Carolina (10/20), Alabama (10/27) and in-state rival Mississippi State (11/1).
Ole Miss will play a challenging road schedule this season, including five non-conference matches and five SEC contests. While playing on the road at UAB (8/25), Saint Louis (9/1) and Kennesaw State (9/13), the Rebels will also head north to play in the Minnesota Gold Classic, hosted by the University of Minnesota. There, Ole Miss will play a neutral site match against the Women of Troy from the University of Southern California (9/6) and face the host Golden Gophers (9/8).
The Rebels are coming off a 13-9 season a year ago and posted the best start in school history with a perfect 8-0 mark to open the year. Ole Miss earned a berth in the Southeastern Conference Tournament for the 14th time in school history and advanced past the first round four only the fourth time in school history – eliminating LSU in the opening round before falling to eventual SEC Tournament Champion Florida 2-1 in the quarterfinals on a late goal.
Returning to lead Ole Miss in the 2013 campaign is a solid nucleus of players that include a pair of All-Star honor recipients in seniors Mandy McCalla and Rafaelle Souza. McCalla was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year and a third team All-America selection by CollegeSportsMadness.com last season, while Souza was named an All-SEC selection and NSCAA All-Region selection.
McCalla and Souza combined to form the most prolific offensive tandem in the SEC last year, leading the conference with 13 goals each and seven assists.
Returning to help anchor the Rebel defense is junior goalkeeper Kelly McCormick, who posted eight shutout victories in 2013 and helped direct a back line that featured three freshmen and helped the Ole Miss hold opponents to one goal or less in 14 outings.
The Rebels open the season at home against Louisiana-Lafayette on Friday, August 23, at 7 p.m. at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium.
LSU looked to have gotten out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth, but right fielder Mark Laird dropped a fly ball in foul territory that would have been the final out and send the game to the fifth down... read more
For eight innings, Chris Ellis dueled Aaron Nola, the Southeastern Conference's leader in strikeouts (84) and earned run average (0.70) to a draw, as he left with the game with the score tied at 2-2. It was the eighth time... read more
Two new mock drafts released this week has former wide receiver Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief being selected in the late second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, set for May 8-10. NFL media analyst Bucky Brooks projects Moncrief... read more
With Billy Chadwick's last regular season in the books, the Rebels seem to be peeking and hoping to make a final postseason run for the legendary head coach. Corresponding with such, we are also getting down to our final stretch... read more
One spot in the ITA national rankings can make all the difference. Last season, San Diego, ranked No. 44 in the country, earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, while crosstown rival, San Diego State, ranked No. 45, was... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 7-13, 2014Baseball- Ole Miss improved to 29-9 on the season and 9-6 in Southeastern Conference play after a pair of nonconference wins over Memphis and Murray State in the midweek and a series win... read more
Coming off a disappointing 6-5 loss in 10 innings Saturday, Ole Miss bounced back with a dominant 12-2 win Sunday to take the weekend series against Mississippi State in Starkville. At the plate, the Rebels set season high for runs... read more
Ole Miss struck early with five runs over the first four innings, which Chris Ellis and Wyatt Short made hold up in a 6-1 win over Mississippi State Friday night at Dudy Noble Field. The leadoff man for Mississippi State... read more
Riding a six-game win streak, Ole Miss travels to face Mississippi State in a three-game weekend series as part of Super Bulldog Weekend, which also includes Saturday's Maroon-White spring football game. Mississippi State has averaged 7,700 fans at Dudy Noble... read more