Jennifer Miller scored three goals in the opening weekend of the season.
Aug 28, 2013
OXFORD, Miss. – After a successful opening weekend, the Ole Miss soccer team will return to action at home Friday night when the Rebels (2-0) host Northwestern State at 7 p.m. at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium on campus.
The Rebels are coming off an undefeated opening weekend of play after picking up victories at home against Louisiana-Lafayette and on the road at UAB this past weekend. To continue that success this weekend, Ole Miss will hope to continue its offensive production from the first two matches.
In those two outings, the Rebels got nine goals from six different players, including a team-leading three goals from sophomore Jennifer Miller. The offensive opportunities opened up through solid ball distribution, as Ole Miss tallied six assists on those nine goals, with senior Rafaelle Souza providing three of those assists.
The presence of seniors Mandy McCalla and Souza up top has helped open up chances for the Rebel offense as the prolific duo led the Southeastern Conference in goals and points a year ago. That threat has allowed Miller, Olivia Harrison, Bethany Bunker and Addie Forbus to also cash in on goal scoring opportunities.
“We got back to work Monday preparing for Northwestern State this weekend,” said Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott. “They’re a very good team out of the Southland Conference and we’ll have to be ready for them. They’re a well coached team and we need to continue to build on the things we’ve done well in our first two matches.”
The defense has also played well for the Rebels through the first two matches. Ole Miss posted a shutout in the first match of the season with a 4-0 victory over the Ragin’ Cajuns before holding UAB – which had previously defeated Vanderbilt on the road – to two goals in a 5-2 win on Sunday night.
In the first two matches, Ole Miss’ defense has held opponents to only 12 shots – a large difference from the Rebels offensive attack, which has produced 38 shots on the year.
It will be International Student Night at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium for the match with the Rebels welcoming members of the international community to the match. One of the featured giveaways will include tickets to the Rebels’ home-opening football game against Southeast Missouri on Sept. 7. An ice cream social will also be sponsored as a part of the evening’s festivities.
The match against Northwestern State will be the first of two weekend matches for the Rebels. Ole Miss will then travel to Saint Louis to take on the Billikens in a 7 p.m. contest on Sunday night.
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