Rafelle Souza (left) was one of two Rebels named to the preseason honor roll by CollegeSportsMadness.com this week.
Aug 13, 2013
OXFORD, Miss. – Following a successful junior campaign, a pair of Rebel seniors found themselves honored in the 2013 preseason when Mandy McCalla and Rafaelle Souza were recognized by CollegeSportsMadness.com with the release of the online publication’s preseason soccer list.
McCalla was tabbed as the SEC Offensive Player of the Year and a first team All-SEC selection by the publication, while Souza was tabbed as an All-SEC second team selection by the organization.
“We’re certainly very proud of both Mandy and Rafa, and the recognition they’ve received,” Mott said. “Those of us in the Ole Miss community have known what they are capable of doing on the field, and they demonstrated that ability last season. We’re excited about the upcoming year and look forward to another season with them in a Rebel uniform.”
McCalla was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year, a first team All-SEC selection and a third team All-America selection by the publication a year ago following her junior season, while Souza was named an All-SEC second team selection by the publication last season.
The duo tied for the league lead in goals scored (13) and points (33) a year ago. The pair also led Ole Miss to a 13-win season and the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
Last season, the Rebels posted eight shutout victories among the team’s 13 wins. That win total was two shy of tying the school record for wins in a season. Along the way, the Rebels posted 483 consecutive minutes of scoreless soccer and posted four-straight shutout victories on their way to the best start in program history.
Ole Miss looks to build on that performance and its appearance in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals this year. The Rebels open the 2013 season on Friday, Aug. 23 at home against Louisiana-Lafayette at 7 p.m.
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