Ole Miss Opens 2012 Season Against Saint Louis Friday

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Mandy McCalla and the Rebels host Saint Louis at 7 p.m. on Friday night.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Mandy McCalla and the Rebels host Saint Louis at 7 p.m. on Friday night.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Aug. 16, 2012

OXFORD, Miss – The Ole Miss soccer team opens the 2012 season on Friday night, hosting the Saint Louis Billikens at 7 p.m. at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium. Ole Miss Athletics Director Ross Bjork will be on hand to conduct the coin toss prior to the game to officially kick-off the start of the 2012-13 athletic season.

The first 100 fans to visit the Ole Miss Soccer page on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/OleMissSoccer and print out the coupon and bring it to the game will receive two free tickets to the first football game of the season. The K-9 Air Mutts will also be performing at halftime of the soccer game.

The Rebels will then continue competition on Sunday, taking to the road to face Middle Tennessee State at 6 p.m. to close out the first weekend of play.

“We’re excited to get out there and put the jerseys on and play against someone other than ourselves,” said Ole Miss head coach Matt Mott. “Without an exhibition game, I think there is a heightened excitement as coaches and player. They’re ready to play someone else.

“Saint Louis is a great test for us,” Mott said. “They have a new coach who is a good friend of mine and an excellent coach. They return a lot of starters from last year and they will be ready and well prepared.”

The two teams are no stranger to each other, having faced-off in competition in the spring season. The Rebels claimed that meeting 2-0 behind goals from Rafaelle Souza and Mandy McCalla. Ole Miss will be counting on the duo along with senior Alix Hildal and junior Erin Emerson when the Rebels take the field against the Billikens on Friday night.

Hildal and Souza were both tabbed as preseason All-SEC selections by CollegeSportsMadness.com earlier in the week. Souza led the Rebels in goals (nine), assists (seven) and points (25) last year, while Hildal earned All-SEC honors for the second straight season after she scored four goals and tallied 11 points. She was also named an All-South Region selection.

McCalla tallied five goals and four assists a year ago, while Emerson added two goals and four assists. Combined, the four provided 20 of the squads 37 goals and 18 of the team’s 26 assists.

The Rebels will also be counting on several newcomers throughout the course of the season, especially along the midfield and at defender. A trio of freshmen looks to have an impact at defender with Maddie Friedmann, Jessica Hiskey and Sam Sanders all coming on strong in the preseason.

The midfield sees four freshmen looking to contribute this year with Bethany Bunker, Sara Coleman, Olivia Harrison and Jennifer Miller all expected to have an impact. Harrison was named NSCAA All-American last season out of Houston High in Collierville, Tenn.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • PHOTOS: Ole Miss Snow Day 2015

      Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - Athletics

      Here's a collection of snow days photos from Ole Miss Athletics Photographer Josh McCoy (@OleMissPix):The Pavillion at Ole Miss in winter! #SnowDay2015 #WAOM @OleMissSports @OleMissMBB @OleMissWBB pic.twitter.com/nHyhVPlDvG-- OleMissPix (@OleMissPix) February 25, 2015 Awweeee.... #SnowDay2015 #WAOM @OleMissSports @OleMissFB pic.twitter.com/R1BDZ0shvS-- OleMissPix (@OleMissPix)... read more

    • VIDEO: The Flagship Football Promo

      Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - Football

      read more

    • Rebels Ready for Rematch with Georgia

      Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      If recent history is any indication, Ole Miss and Georgia are likely to go down to the wire on Wednesday night. Four of the last five meetings over the last three seasons have been decided by five points or less,... read more

    • VIDEO: The Pavilion Time Lapse

      Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      read more

    • Golson, Prewitt Compete at NFL Combine

      Monday, February 23, 2015 - Football

      The defensive backs, including former Ole Miss players Senquez Golson and Cody Prewitt, participated in on-field workouts at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine on Monday in Indianapolis. Looking ahead, Ole Miss will hold its annual pro day on March 5... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Feb. 17-23, 2015)

      Monday, February 23, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review Feb. 17-23, 2015 Men's Basketball - Ole Miss posted a 2-0 mark last week with a 71-65 win at Mississippi State and a 59-57 victory over Tennessee. The Rebels improved to 10-4 in the... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Feb. 22

      Sunday, February 22, 2015 - Athletics

      Despite winter weather that affected many teams, it was a busy week for Ole Miss athletics. The men's basketball completed a 2-0 week and has positioned itself well entering the last two weeks of the regular season. The baseball, women's... read more

    • Bramlett Impresses in First Two Starts Back

      Sunday, February 22, 2015 - Baseball

      After missing the end of the 2013 season and the entire 2014 season due to recovery from a torn labrum, sophomore right-hander Brady Bramlett has been brilliant in his first two outings back in 2015, fanning 19 batters through 12.0... read more

    • VIDEO: Rebel Locker Room by Lids

      Saturday, February 21, 2015 - Athletics

      read more

    • Rebels Look to Complete Thursday-Saturday Sweep

      Saturday, February 21, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      For the second time in as many weeks, Ole Miss embarks on a Thursday-Saturday swing, returning home to host Tennessee on Saturday after a 71-65 win on Thursday at Mississippi State. During the previous week, Ole Miss was on the... read more

    • Moody's Career Night Lifts Ole Miss Past MSU

      Thursday, February 19, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The game hung in the balance.  Mississippi State had just regained a 54-52 lead with 6:25 left, taking advantage of a 6-0 run. Head coach Andy Kennedy challenged his team, and junior guard Stefan Moody answered the... read more

    • Rundown of Ole Miss Future Football Schedules

      Thursday, February 19, 2015 - Football

      Ole Miss and Cal will play a home-and-home football series in 2017 and 2019, the schools and ESPN announced Thursday. It marks the Rebels' first matchup with a Pac-12 school in football and will be only the program's second visit... read more

    • Ole Miss Athletics Week in Review (Feb. 10-16, 2015)

      Monday, February 16, 2015 - Athletics

      Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewFeb. 10-16, 2015Men's Basketball- Ole Miss saw its six-game winning streak snapped with a one-point loss to No. 23 Arkansas Saturday night. Junior guard Stefan Moody and senior forward M.J. Rhett each scored 16 points... read more

    • Observations from the Best Seat in the House -- Feb. 15

      Sunday, February 15, 2015 - Athletics

      The men's basketball team marches on toward March, the baseball team opened the 2015 season with a series win over William & Mary and the softball team prepares for its home opener under first-year head coach Mike Smith. The winter... read more

    • Rebels, Razorbacks Set for Marquee Matchup

      Saturday, February 14, 2015 - Men's Basketball

      Riding a six-game winning streak, Ole Miss hosts No. 24 Arkansas in a battle for sole possession of second place in the SEC standings. The Rebels are looking for its fourth season sweep of Arkansas in the last five attempts,... read more