Matt Mott's Rebels are ranked in the top 25 of the latest edition of the Soccer America poll.
OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss soccer team cracked the top 25 rankings for the first time in the Matthew Mott era when the Rebels found themselves ranked as the No. 25 team in America when Soccer America released its rankings this week.
Ole Miss is also receiving votes in the other polls, approaching the top 25 in the NSCAA and in Soccer Times. The Rebels are also listed in the projected NCAA Tournament field on TopDrawerSoccer.com and that publication's TDS 64.
"It's nice to be recognized for our early season performance," Mott said. "We're looking forward to playing out the rest of the season. We have a long way to go, and still have work to do to accomplish the goals we have set out for ourselves this season."
The Rebels have gotten off to a quick start to the 2012 campaign, posting a 6-0 record through the first three weeks of competition. Included in those six wins are four shutouts as Ole Miss has kept four straight opponents off the scoreboard with wins over Troy, Louisiana-Lafayette, UALR and Texas Tech. The shutouts have earned sophomore goalkeeper Kelly McCormick back-to-back Defensive Player of the Week honors from the Southeastern Conference.
Ole Miss' offensive production has also been high as the Rebels rank among the league leaders in several categories. Ole Miss is tops in the SEC in goals, assists, shots and points. Several individuals also rank among the top in the SEC. Junior Mandy McCalla leads the SEC with six goals and is also tops in the league in shots and points, while junior Rafaelle Souza and freshman Olivia Harrison also rank in the top 10 in the SEC in points and goals. Freshman Sara Coleman is currently tied for second in assists with four.
The Rebels will close out non-conference play on Friday night against UAB at 7:30 p.m. at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium. Admission is free to the public.
Fans of Ole Miss and soccer can keep up with everything going on with the team at OleMissSports.com or can follow the team and join in the conversation on Twitter by following @OleMissSoccer. Fans can also "like" the Rebels on Facebook at Ole Miss Soccer.
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