Game 5 – High Point Date: Sept. 1, 2017 First Kick: 7 p.m. Location: Oxford, Miss. Venue: Ole Miss Soccer Stadium TV:SEC Network + Richard Cross (play-by-play) Ian Banner (analyst) Live Stats:OleMissSports.com Series: Never met Twitter Updates:@OleMissSoccer
Game 6 – Southern Miss Date: Sept. 3, 2017 First Kick: 6 p.m. Location: Oxford, Miss. Venue: Ole Miss Soccer Stadium TV:SEC Network + Richard Cross (play-by-play) Ian Banner (analyst) Live Stats:OleMissSports.com Series: Ole Miss leads 9-0 Last Match: Aug. 19, 2011 Ole Miss won 2-0 Twitter Updates:@OleMissSoccer
PROMOTIONS Friday, Sept. 1 - Kickin’ Cancer Night: Ovarian Cancer Awareness Night presented by Baptist Hospital North Mississippi
Sunday, Sept. 3 - Sundae Sunday: Free ice cream sundaes for the first 200 fans at the game - Rebel Rewards prize pickup
KICKERS • Ole Miss remains unbeaten heading into the third-straight weekend at home, which will end a streak of six-straight in Oxford to begin the season. • The last time Ole Miss went 3-0-1 to start the year (2015), the Rebels advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 after a 14-5-4 campaign. • The Rebels will play High Point for the first time in school history Friday, while Sunday’s matchup against Southern Miss marks the 10th all-time between the two schools, with Ole Miss leading the series 9-0. • Ole Miss is only one of two schools in the country (Furman) who will play its first six games all at home. • Through just four contests, the Rebels are only four goals shy of their 2016 total (24). • The Rebels continue to lead the country in both total goals (20) and total points (57). The 5.00 goals per game is second-best in the country, and the Rebels are third nationally in shots per game and shots on goal per game. • Ole Miss features two of the nation’s top five goal scorers in junior CeCe Kizer (T-2nd) and freshman Channing Foster (T-4th). Kizer has already matched her season total from 2016, while Foster is only one of six freshmen with four goals thus far. • The Rebels are also 3-for-4 in shutouts this season, also only one shy of last season’s total. • Head coach Matt Mott won his 50th home game as the Rebel head coach on Sunday, where Ole Miss has won 68 percent of its home games in the last eight years. • Spreading the wealth has been the key thus far, as 12 different players have found the net, and 10 different players have tallied an assist through four games. • Nine of those players carded the first goals of their career, including five true freshmen.
SCOUTING HIGH POINT Led by ninth year head coach Marty Beall, the Panthers take a 2-2 record into Friday’s contest. High Point opened with two-straight on the road, topping Appalachian State in the opener, before falling 1-0 at Georgia. Last weekend, the club defeated Ohio 1-0, before dropping a 3-0 decision at No. 3 South Carolina. Winners of at least 12 games in eeach of the last three seasons, the Panthers advanced to their conference tournament championship game a year ago after going 13-6-2 overall. Thus far, the club has scored just two goals including one each from Maggie Gruber and Paige Rombach. Alex Hank has played 270 of the minutes in goal thus far with a 2-1 record, making 17 stops with a 1.00 goals allowed average.
SERIES HISTORY - HIGH POINT The Rebels and Panthers have never met.
SCOUTING SOUTHERN MISS The Golden Eagles are off to a 3-0 start after a pair of home wins over Nicholls State and Stephen F. Austin, and a road victory at ULM. Led by fifth year head coach, Mohammed El-Zare, Southern Miss will play Grambling State Thursday prior to Sunday’s tilt. Offense has been the biggest factor thus far, averaging 3.00 goals per game. Becky McMullan is the team leader with three, while Beth Coleman has two thus far. Kelly Brahmbhatt has allowed three goals in 235 minutes of action, making 14 stops thus far.
SERIES HISTORY - SOUTHERN MISS Ole Miss holds a 9-0 advantage in the series with Southern Miss, with the last meeting coming in the 2011 campaign. In that game, the Rebels claimed a 2-0 victory in Oxford, with Ole Miss winning 3-0 in 2010. The Rebels haven’t allowed a goal in the series dating back to 2006, and have outscored the Golden Eagles 18-2 in games played in Oxford.
REBELS DRAW WITH NO. 23 MICHIGAN Ole Miss battled tough with No. 23 Michigan last weekend, playing to a 1-1 draw with the Wolverines. The visitors got on the board first with a goal six minutes in, but Ole Miss struck 11 minutes into the second half knotting it at 1-1. Ole Miss applied pressure with 19 shots on the night, including eight on target, and even clanked two off the crossbar.
HURRICANE HARVEY FORCES CANCELLATION OF GAME AT LOUISIANA Ole Miss was scheduled to play at Louisiana last Sunday night, but due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey, the match was cancelled. Instead, the Rebels scheduled a home contest with Lamar on Sunday to make up for the hole in the schedule. A two hour, 15 minute weather delay affected the Sunday afternoon tilt, but the Rebels came out on top, 3-0, thanks to goals from Grace Waugh, Channing Foster and Molly Martin. The game against Louisiana will not be made up.
SPREADING THE WEALTH Despite using the same lineup in all four games thus far, 12 different Rebels have found the net at least once, and 10 different players have recorded assists. Of those 12, nine of them recorded the first goals of their career,. CeCe Kizer leads the charge with five, second-most in the country, while Channing Foster, a freshman, is fifth nationally with four goals.
BRICK BY BRICK Each season, the senior class is tasked with creating a new team motto for the fall. This year’s class of Liza Harbin, Courtney Carroll, Danielle Gray and Bella Fiorenzo chose Brick by Brick, or #B3, for the program. The idea stemmed from a couple of different reasons, one being the renovation of the Gillom Center, which houses the locker room, team room, training room, and weight facility. The Ole Miss Soccer Stadium also saw a new playing surface laid down, further reiterating the Brick by Brick mantra. It also was created with the mindset of a positive spring after a somewhat disappointing season last fall, with the hopes of the foundation and the future of the program only looking up.