Oct. 8, 2012
Ole Miss head coach Matt Mott met with members of the media on Monday to discuss the Rebels weekend against Georgia and Kentucky last weekend and the upcoming matches at Vanderbilt and South Carolina.
“We had a two-match weekend again. We started out at home with Georgia on Friday night. It was a match that we dropped 2-0. We felt like we played really well. We had a number of opportunities, but we just couldn’t find the back of the net. Georgia scored a good goal in the first half. We were really pressing in the second. They were able to counterattack and get a second one later in the second half for us to lose 2-0.
We bounced back against a very good Kentucky team yesterday. We beat them 2-0 on goals from two of our freshmen, Sara Coleman from Laurel, Miss., and Olivia Harrison from Memphis, Tenn. The first goal from Sara (Coleman) just really helped us as we were in a bit of a dry spell. It kind of got the team motivated and focused. We held on to beat a very good Kentucky team. That certainly will help us down the road. That three points puts us right back in the middle of the chase to get to the beach.
We had a very good performance out of our back line, specifically Jessica Hiskey, Samantha Sanders and Emily Sinovich. They played very well. Jessica Hiskey was named SEC Freshman of the Week. It was just announced a little bit ago. We’re happy about that for her. Kelly McCormick had another very good weekend. She made a couple of very good saves against Georgia and was excellent in the shutout yesterday. We’re still getting very good play up front from Mandy McCalla and Rafaelle Souza.
This week we go back on the road against a very good Vanderbilt team on Friday. Then we head over to Columbia to play South Carolina. Vanderbilt has five ties on the season which shows you how difficult they are to breakdown. We will have to be ready to create good opportunities on the road against Vanderbilt.”
On Freshmen Stepping Up This Past Week:
“They’ve done a good job all season. It was total team issues the last three games. We performed well, but just couldn’t find the back of the net. The teams are spending a lot of time now on Rafa (Rafaelle Souza) and Mandy (McCalla). That is opening things up for some other guys. Sara (Coleman) and Olivia (Harrison) were able to step up and score some big goals for us yesterday. The guys in the back have been doing it all year. Sam (Sanders), Jess (Hiskey) and Maddie Friedmann have been excellent all season, along with Sino (Emily Sinovich) and Maddie Cunningham. I’m really happy with the freshmen. They’re definitely growing up everyday.”
On The Team’s Mindset For The Last Five Matches:
“We’re with the win against Kentucky it’s getting us on a roll. If it ended today, we’d be at the tournament. That’s important. We’re sitting at a really good spot NCAA wise, with the RPI currently. If we can get on a roll and get some of these wins, it will put us in a really good spot to get to the beach and hopefully an NCAA pick.”
On Goal Keeper Kelly McCormick:
“She’s been great. She made a world class save on Sunday when we were up 1-0. If she doesn’t make that save, it would be 1-1 and you don’t know what’s going to happen. She was screened and tipped the ball around the post. She made two very good saves on Friday night against Georgia. She’s really emerged as one of the best keepers in our conference. I’m happy for her. Coach (Rob) Thompson does a great job with her. She’s playing really well.”