Rebels Face Vanderbilt, South Carolina In Road Contests

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Freshman Sydney Eddy and the Rebels take on Vanderbilt and South Carolina this weekend.
Freshman Sydney Eddy and the Rebels take on Vanderbilt and South Carolina this weekend.

Oct. 11, 2012

OXFORD, Miss. – Fresh off a win over the Kentucky Wildcats and the sixth shutout of the season, the Ole Miss soccer team takes to the road this weekend for a pair of contests at Vanderbilt and South Carolina.

Ole Miss (10-5, 3-5 SEC) will face Vanderbilt (5-5-5, 2-2-4 SEC) at 7 p.m. on Friday night before taking on the Gamecocks of South Carolina (4-6-4, 1-4-3 SEC) at noon CT on Sunday.

“This week we go back on the road against a very good Vanderbilt team on Friday,” said Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott. “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.”

Ole Miss sends a balanced offense out on the field as 10 different Rebels have scored goals on the season. Juniors Mandy McCalla and Rafaelle Souza continue to lead the way with 10 goals each – tied for the league lead – while both players are first and second in the SEC in points with 25 and 23, respectively.

It was a pair of freshmen who got the Rebels on the board in Sunday’s shutout of the Wildcats as Sara Coleman and Olivia Harrison put balls in the net for the win. With defenses keying in more on McCalla and Souza, other Rebels are getting opportunities and will have to continue to convert for Ole Miss to experience success down the stretch in the SEC.

The Rebel defense has also continued to play well this season with Jessica Hiskey being named SEC Freshman of the Week following the shutout victory over Kentucky. Sophomore goalkeeper Kelly McCormick also played a big part in the Rebels posting a sixth shutout win this season.

Vanderbilt comes into Friday night’s contest with an overall record of 5-5-5 and is coming off a weekend split with a win over Arkansas and a loss at LSU. Cheyna Williams leads the way for the Vanderbilt offense with six goals this season.

South Carolina comes into the weekend with a Friday night contest against LSU before facing the Rebels on Sunday. The Gamecocks are led offensively by Danielle Au and Coryn Bajema with three goals each this season. South Carolina has scored 14 goals this year and allowed 13 goals on the way to a 4-6-4 record.

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