Rebel Soccer Visits Lone Star State for Battle with No. 20 Texas A&M
Oct. 12, 2017

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Game 15 – No. 20 Texas A&M
Date: Oct. 13, 2017
First Kick: 7 p.m. CT
Location: College Station, Texas
Venue: Ellis Field
TV:
SEC Network +
            David Ellis (play-by-play)
            Kristi Leonard (analyst)
Live Stats:
OleMissSports.com
Series: Texas A&M leads 4-2-1
Last Match: Oct. 14, 2016
            Ole Miss 2, Texas A&M 1
Twitter Updates:
@OleMissSoccer


KICKERS

• Ole Miss is coming off a 1-1 week with a loss at No. 19 Tennessee and a win over LSU at home.

 Despite four goals from four different Rebels, Ole Miss fell to Tennessee last Thursday by a 6-4 margin.

 
The 10 total goals scored in the match are the most in a game involving Ole Miss since 2001, an 11-0 Rebel victory over Alabama A&M.


 Thursday’s match was the first time allowing three first-half goals for Ole Miss since the 2014 season. That year, UCF scored three times in the first 45 minutes on the way to a 4-0 victory in Orlando.


 The Rebels bounced back with a 4-1 victory over LSU at the Ole MIss Soccer Stadium Sunday afternoon.


 
Ole Miss outshot the Tigers 17-5 and earned eight corner kicks in the affair.

CeCe Kizer and Channing Foster both scored in both games, marking the fifth and sixth times this season both have found the net in the same game.

 The Rebels now prepare for an important SEC road tilt at No. 20 Texas A&M Friday in College Station, Texas.


 Texas A&M is third in the SEC at 10-2-1 overall and 5-1-0 in league play after earning an overtime victory Sunday against Georgia.


 The Aggies lead the all-time series 4-2-1 despite a 2-1 home win for Ole Miss last season.

Ole Miss is sixth in the league standings at 3-3 with nine points with just four regular season matches remaining.

 The Rebels face another top-20 RPI opponent this week, with Texas A&M slotted at No. 17.

Ole Miss moved up to No. 18 in this weeks’ RPI report, while all four remaining opponents are in the top 50.

 Kizer holds the outright lead in the SEC with 13 goals on the season, while Foster is just one behind with 12 scores for second place.


 Those goal totals rank second and fifth, respectively, in the NCAA.

As a team, the Rebels ranks second in the NCAA in points per game (10.14), scoring offense (3.64), total goals (51) and total points (142).


SCOUTING TEXAS A&M

The Aggies enter Friday’s match with a 10-2-1 overall record, including 5-1 in SEC action. Texas A&M has won its last five games, including a 2-1 overtime victory over Georgia on Sunday in Athens. The Aggies are led in scoring by Ally Watt, who, in addition to tying for the SEC lead with 57 shots on the year, has scored a team-best six goals. Watt has also registered a pair of assists to lead the Aggies with 14 points. Haley Pounds has scored five goals on the season, while Cienna Arrietta has dished out a team-high four assists. Texas A&M have been pretty stingy defensively, ranking third in the league with just 10 goals allowed on the year. Cosette Morché has started all 13 games, posting a 0.74 goals against average with 40 total saves.

SERIES HISTORY - TEXAS A&M

Texas A&M leads the all-time series over the Rebels 4-2-1 in a young series that started in 2012. It was Ole Miss, however, that came out on the winning side the last time the two teams met as the Rebels earned a 2-1 victory in Oxford. Ole Miss is 1-1 all-time in College Station, with the Aggies earning a 2-1 win in 2013 and the Rebels getting revenge with a 4-3 win over then-No. 23 Texas A&M in 2015.

LAST MEETING - TEXAS A&M

Oxford, Miss. (Oct. 14, 2016) - In a back-and-forth battle in the rain under the lights, it was Ole Miss who came from behind to top Texas A&M, 2-1, in the home finale and Senior Night on Friday.

The Rebels got scores from Bella Fiorenzo and CeCe Kizer. Both goals were scored past the 75-minute mark to defeat the Aggies at home for the first time ever.

Texas A&M finished the contest with 18 shots, seven on goal, while Ole Miss took nine with only three that weren’t on target. Kizer and Addie Forbus both posted three shots with two on goal, while Fiorenzo was 2-for-2 in shots on target.

REBELS RECEIVE VOTES IN UNITED SOCCER COACHES POLL

After a 1-1 performance in its pair of games last week, Ole Miss fell just outside of the top-25 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll, collecting 22 votes. If the poll were extended, that total would slot the Rebels at No. 28 nationally. It is the seventh-consecutive appearance in the poll on the season for Ole Miss when including the receiving votes section.

REBELS JUMP TO NO. 18 IN RPI RANKINGS

After being slotted 25th last week, Ole Miss moved up several spots to No. 18 in the most recent NCAA RPI rankings. The Rebels have the fifth highest RPI among SEC teams, one spot behind this week’s opponent, Texas A&M. Following Friday’s match, the Rebels’ three remaining opponents are ranked in the top-50 (Auburn, 32; Mississippi State, 49; Alabama, 21).

THREE REBS AMONGST TOP PLAYERS NATIONALLY VIA TOP DRAWER SOCCER

Having one of the most prolific seasons in the country, junior forward CeCe Kizer is ranked 31st overall in Top Drawer Soccer’s Top-100 Player Rankings. Kizer is the fourth-highest ranked player in the SEC and is one of 12 players from the league to appear on the list. Meanwhile, newcomers Channing Foster and Grace Johnson come in at No. 14 and No. 28, respectively, on TDS’s rankings of the top-100 freshmen. Foster and Johnson rank third and fifth in the SEC, while 16 players from the league were selected in the top-100.

REBELS ROLL TO 4-1 VICTORY OVER LSU

Molly Martin scored right before the half to put Ole Miss up 1-0 heading into the break and Channing Foster and CeCe Kizer combined for a trio of second-half goals to lead the Rebels to a 4-1 victory over LSU Sunday at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium. The Rebels outshot the Tigers 17-5 in the contest and despite not being tested too often, keeper Marnie Merritt made an outstanding diving save to keep Ole Miss ahead at 2-1. The victory was the fourth in five matches against LSU.

Keep up with all the latest news and information on the Rebels by following Ole Miss Soccer on Twitter at @OleMissSoccer, on Facebook at Facebook.com/OleMissSoccer, and on Instagram at Instagram.com/officialolemisssoccer. Also follow head coach Matt Mott on Twitter at @CoachMattMott. Additionally fans can get a behind the scenes look at Ole Miss Athletics on Snapchat under the handle, @WeAreOleMiss.

 

 

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