Game 7 – Tulsa Date: Sept. 8, 2017 First Kick: 5 p.m. Location: Memphis, Tenn. Venue: Mike Rose Soccer Complex TV: No Coverage Live Stats:GoTigersGo.com Series: Ole Miss leads 1-0 Last Match: Sept. 18, 2016 Ole Miss won 2-1 Twitter Updates:@OleMissSoccer
Game 8 – Memphis Date: Sept. 10, 2017 First Kick: 7 p.m. Location: Memphis, Tenn. Venue: Mike Rose Soccer Complex TV:Stream Only ($) Live Stats:GoTigersGo.com Series: Ole Miss leads 10-7-2 Last Match: Aug. 26, 2016 Memphis won 2-1 Twitter Updates:@OleMissSoccer
KICKERS • Ole Miss remains unbeaten at 5-0-1, looking to become only the third team in school history go to unbeaten through the first eight games. • The Rebels picked up two more shutouts over High Point and Southern Miss last weekend, while the offense kept its hot streak going with 13 more goals on the weekend. • For the third time in six outings, Ole Miss scored eight goals in a game, marking the first time in school history a Rebel team has scored eight goals in three different games in a single season. • With 33 total goals on the year, the Rebels lead the country by 10, and are first nationally in every offensive category except total assists, three behind Arkansas’ 27. • This weekend’s contests are the first away from home for the Rebels, who are only one of two teams to play the first six in their home stadium (Furman). But, it isn’t a long road trip as Ole Miss has only the 84-mile trek to Memphis for a pair of non-conference matchups. • With the weekend trip to Memphis, and another road trip in store next weekend, the Rebels don’t return home until September 21. SEC play opens next Thursday at Florida, followed by a non-conference tilt with Stetson that Sunday. • Freshman Channing Foster recorded her second hat trick on Sunday, becoming only the fourth player in school history to have two in the same season, and first since 2004. Her seven goals put her tied for the team lead with junior forward CeCe Kizer. • Kizer, with 26 goals in her career, moved up to a tie for ninth in school history. • Eleven different Rebels -- including eight newcomers -- have scored the first goals of their careers. • Overall, 20 of the 33 goals thus far have come off the foot of someone who carded the first of their career.
SCOUTING TULSA Led by ninth year head coach Kyle Cussen, Tulsa is 1-4-1 on the year with the lone win coming last weekend against Utah Valley. The Golden Hurricane opened the season with a 1-1 draw with Central Michigan, before dropping a 3-1 decision to No. 22 Nebraska. Tulsa also dropped two matches to Big 12 foes Kansas (2-0) and Oklahoma (2-1), and most recently fell 5-0 to James Madison. Four different players have scored, and Tana Dake and Addyson Guthrie are tied for the team lead with three points each. Rebecca Defer has played 385 of the minutes in goal with 24 saves and eight goals allowed, while Courtney McKeon has allowed five with 17 stops.
SERIES HISTORY – TULSA Ole Miss took on Tulsa for the first time a season ago, and came away with a 2-1 victory. After being down 1-0 at half, the Rebels stormed back for two early goals in the second period including one from Gretchen Harknett, and the game-winner from Addie Forbus. In that contest, goalkeeper Marnie Merritt made three stops as the back line allowed just four shots on goal.
SCOUTING MEMPHIS Winners of 14 games a year ago, the Tigers are off to a 5-0 start thus far. Led by 17-year head coach Brooks Monaghan, Memphis has allowed only one goal and scored 16, recording shutouts agaist Samford (3-0), Little Rock (3-0), Rhode Island (6-0) and Indiana (2-0). The only goal allowed came in game three in a 2-1 victory over UAB. The Tigers are outshooting their opponents 91-36 this season, averaging 3.20 goals per game. Elizabeth Woerner has the team lead with four goals, while Mikayla Morton and Marie Levasseur are tied with three each. Shepard Ashworth has played all the minutes in goal thus far with 16 saves and four shutouts.
SERIES HISTORY – MEMPHIS Ole Miss leads the all-time series with Memphis, 10-7-2, with the two sides swapping victories the last two seasons. The Rebels last won in 2015, a 2-1 victory in overtime, with the last win prior to that coming in the 2009 campaign, when Ole Miss took a 1-0 decision.
11 REBELS SCORE FOR FIRST TIME IN CAREERS With 15 different players scoring this season, it’s brought a lot of opportunity for newcomers and veterans alike to find the net. Eleven different Rebels -- including eight newcomers -- have all scored the first goals of their careers through six games. Overall, 20 of the 33 goals scored thus far have come off the foot of someone who carded the first of their careers, led by freshman Channing Foster’s seven, tied for second nationally. More than half the goals scored have come from newcomers to the team (18-of-33), contributing to the team’s NCAA-leading 33 goals.
SPREADING THE WEALTH Through six contests, Ole Miss soccer leads the NCAA in nearly every offensive category, including 33 goals, 10 more than any other team in the country. While two players -- freshman Channing Foster and junior CeCe Kizer -- have contributed with 14 of those, it hasn’t stopped many other Rebels from playing a factor in the scoring column thus far. Eighteen different players have either scored or carded an assist thus far, with 15 different players scoring and 12 different Rebels dishing out helpers. To go along with Foster and Kizer’s seven goals, five other Rebels (Julia Phillips, Mary Kate Smith, Gabby Little, Molly Martin, Alley Houghton) all have multiple goals this season.
FOSTER MAKES HISTORY IN WIN OVER SOUTHERN MISS Freshman Channing Foster showed her offensive abilities early on in the game two win over Northwestern State with a hat trick. Two games later, she found the net again with her fourth goal, before going off again this past Sunday night. She scored three more in the victory over the Golden Eagles, quickly tying for the team lead with seven, tied for second-most in the country with teammate CeCe Kizer. She becomes only the fourth player in school history to record to hat tricks in the same season (Brittney Potts - 2004, Sarah Wong - 1998, Sarah Comeaux - 1996). She’s also only the seventh player to record a hat trick in her freshman season, and the first freshman with a hat trick since Danielle Johnson recorded one in September of 2006.
DON’T DOUBT THE DEFENSE While the obvious highlight this season has been the goal scoring, the Rebel backline and defense hasn’t gone unnoticed, either. Through six games, the Rebels have allowed just one goal in the 1-1 draw with No. 23 Michigan. The five shutouts are already better than the four accumulated in all of 2016, and the Rebels have been near dominant in not even allowing an attack with only 31 shots taken by opponents. Junior goalkeeper Marnie Merritt and sophomore Claire Williams have been solid in goal, only having to make 12 combined stops thus far.
REBELS OFF TO BEST START IN FIVE YEARS With a 5-0-1 mark through the first six, the Rebels have gotten off to the best start in five years. The 2012 team began the season 8-0, and the 2015 club started off the Sweet 16 run 4-0-2. Two wins this weekend would put Ole Miss at 7-0-1, and the Rebels would join the 2002 and 2012 teams as the only in school history to remain unbeaten in their first eight contests. The 2002 club began the season 7-0-1 and went on to claim 13 victories in en route to the NCAA Tournament.
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.