MEET THE PRESS: Matt Mott Monday Press Conference Head Coach Matt Mott Meets With The Media
Ole Miss head coach Matt Mott meets with members of the media on Monday.
Sept. 24, 2012
Ole Miss head coach Matt Mott met with members of the media on Monday afternoon to discuss the previous week's action and talk about the upcoming road contests at Florida and Auburn.
Opening Statement: We were on the road this weekend against Missouri on Friday night. We lost that game 2-1. We scored a good goal early, Bethany Bunker’s first goal. We gave up two goals in the second half to lose 2-1. We played really well. It’s a tough place to play. They had a huge crowd. They’re a very good team. They’re 16th in the country. They really stretched us out. They were fast, hard and very athletic. It was a good challenge for us.
Then we played Alabama Sunday. We beat them 1-0 on a penalty kick from Mandy McCalla. She drew the penalty and scored the penalty. We played fantastic defensively yesterday. Kelly McCormick was excellent in goal. Alabama had a penalty before ours and she saved it. She gave up a rebound and was able to dive on a rebound before they were able to get to it. She was great and made two or three big time saves.
Our team defense was great yesterday. Throughout we were able to create some opportunities. We hit the cross bar twice in the first half. It was a really good win for us on the road. Anytime you can get points on the road in this league it is a good accomplishment. I’m very happy with how we performed all weekend. Friday night we just didn’t get the result. To get the win at Alabama was certainly a great step forward for our team.
This weekend it doesn’t get any easier. We head to Gainesville to play Florida who is coming off of two wins on the weekend over Tennessee and Georgia. They’re starting to roll a little bit down in Gainesville. They’re a very good team, very athletic. They’re fast and can score goals. They beat Georgia 4-1 Sunday. They’re really rounding into form. It’s going to be a tough task for us.
Then we play Auburn on Sunday who just split on the weekend. They beat LSU on the road and lost to Texas A&M 2-0. I’m happy with the team and where we are. We’re 2-2 in the SEC right now. We’re sitting on about six points, right about mid-table of all of the teams. We’re fighting for a spot to get to Orange Beach. That will continue to be our goal. We need to try and get points this next weekend. We come back home after that.
On Young Players Adapting To SEC Play On The Road: They never quit. On Friday night they fought the entire time. It was an even game yesterday at Alabama and we battled the entire time. I’m really happy with how we defended them, certainly late in the game when we were holding on to that one goal lead. Both of the goals we gave up on Friday were because of errors we made. We corrected those for Sunday and the team fought really hard.”
On The Back Line And Goalkeeper Kelly McCormick: To get a shutout on the road in this league is really hard. Samantha Sanders and Maddie Friedmann are really anchoring our center backs and those guys played fantastic. Jessica Hiskey played well on the left again. Those are three freshmen that grew up during that game on Friday night at Missouri and they were ready for the battle on Sunday. Maddie Cunningham is our junior that plays back there on the right side. All four of them really battled. Erin Emerson is playing holding mid, her and Alex Hildal, those guys put it in all weekend. They both played over 80 minutes in each game and they really battled for us. It was a total team defense win for us yesterday.
Ole Miss fell 17-10 in overtime to intrastate rival Mississippi State, but the Rebels' one score provided a special moment for two of the team's unsung players. Down 7-0 with 31 seconds left in the first half, Ole Miss called... read more
Ole Miss sent seniors Kellie Goss and Kara Morgan out with a win as the Rebels topped LSU 3-2 on Senior Night. "It was a great win," head coach Joe Getzin said. "We tweaked the lineup, and one of our... read more
One of the core values for the Ole Miss football program is mental toughness. With a rivalry game in a hostile environment, it will carry a greater importance. "You're going into a hostile environment, and that's the biggest thing," offensive... read more
The Egg Bowl returns to Thanksgiving night for the first time since 2003, which is also the last time Ole Miss won in Starkville. Thursday's game is the 110th meeting of one of the nation's most-played rivalries and the 86th... read more
Ole Miss had its four-game winning streak snapped with a 24-10 loss to No. 8 Missouri on Saturday night. The 24th-ranked Rebels now face a quick turnaround as they travel to face intrastate rival Mississippi State on Thursday night in... read more
Head coach Hugh Freeze meets with members of the media following Wednesday's practice.Ole Miss is the only school in the upper half of the SEC statistical rankings in every major offensive and defensive category. This week, the Rebels face one... read more
Photo Gallery Courtney Cunningham is a builder. While playing volleyball for Ole Miss from 2009-11, Cunningham helped build the Rebels into an NCAA Tournament team while also earning her civil engineering degree. From that degree, Cunningham is helping build... read more
There's a different air surrounding this week's primetime showdown with No. 8 Missouri, the Rebels' first top-10 test since a 27-24 win over then-No. 6 LSU back on Oct. 19. "It's a huge week for us," junior quarterback Bo Wallace... read more
Freshman wide receiver Laquon Treadwell caught a short pass from junior quarterback Bo Wallace, made six Troy defenders miss and dove into the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown. It was the start of a historic day for the Ole... read more
Ole Miss won its second ever NCAA Tournament game and set a school record for wins in a season with 16, as seven different Rebels scored in a 9-0 win over Jackson State Friday night. No. 22-ranked Ole Miss (16-5-2)... read more
Tony Dungy, who won a Super Bowl as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, visited campus Wednesday. He spent time with head coach Hugh Freeze, spoke to the team and signed the equipment room Wall of Fame. "He's one of... read more
Ole Miss is bowl eligible for the second straight year under head coach Hugh Freeze after a 34-24 win over Arkansas this past Saturday. The Rebels are also 6-3 for the first time since 2009, when the started 8-3 before... read more
After Ole Miss took a 20-10 lead into halftime, the momentum swung in favor of Arkansas after an interception, a touchdown-scoring drive and a defensive three-and-out to start the third quarter. Now leading 20-17, senior quarterback Barry Brunetti converted a... read more
Junior guard Jarvis Summers scored a career-high 28 points to lift Ole Miss past Troy, 69-54, in Saturday's season opener in the Tad Smith Coliseum. He shot 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from the field, including 5-for-10 from 3-point range. "He was... read more