MEET THE PRESS: Matt Mott Monday Press Conference 10.21

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Ole Miss head coach Matt Mott met with members of the press on Monday to talk about his team through nine weeks of play.
Ole Miss head coach Matt Mott met with members of the press on Monday to talk about his team through nine weeks of play.

Oct. 21, 2013

Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott met with members of the media on Monday to talk about his team's performance in week nine with a win at No. 25 LSU and a draw at home against No. 7 South Carolina. Mott also talked about the team's upcoming matches at No. 24 Texas A&M and home match against Alabama.

Opening Statement
“We had probably the most successful weekend we’ve had since I’ve been the coach here at Ole Miss. We were down in Baton Rouge at LSU, who was leading the league. We beat them 1-0 on a goal from Rafaelle Souza. Erin Emerson served it in and she finished. We came back here yesterday and played South Carolina, the No. 7 team in the country, to a 1-1 draw. It was a very hard fought and physical match here at home.

"The LSU game was a very good game. We had a lot of good play throughout the whole game. We worked hard for 90 minutes. We didn’t play many people off of the bench. We came back yesterday and played a very tough South Carolina team. We took a couple of injuries in the back. We had to go pretty deep into the bench. Those girls came out and played really well. We went down 1-0 in the first half. They really took it to us in the first half.

"We came back in second half and made a few adjustments. In overtime, we had a chance to win it at the end of the game and it hit the crossbar. They have a fantastic goalkeeper that really controls the game for them. To get one past her in the second half and come away with a draw, we were certainly very happy with. It helps our NCAA resume tremendously.

"We are tied for fourth in the league right now as we have three games left. We’re on the road again Friday night. We play at College Station against Texas A&M. We’re back here on Sunday against Alabama. Texas A&M is currently in first at 7-1, so we have two first place teams back-to-back weekends. We certainly like the way our team is. We’ve got to get healed up a little bit this week and get ready to take on the Aggies. Then we’re back here for Alabama.”

On position for a NCAA tournament berth:
“This past weekend, beating LSU and tying South Carolina, has put us in a very good spot. We’re in the 20s in RPI right now. It certainly puts us in the tournament if it ended today. We have to take care of business with these last three, starting with A&M on Friday. A&M is a very good team. There are athletes all over the field. They’ve kind of run through the conference at this point. They’re 7-1. We have to get ready for them down at their place. It is probably the most difficult place to play in the conference and the country. They’ll have between 7,000-8,000 fans down there screaming and yelling. It will be something we’ve never experienced before. Our team hasn’t been down there. We need to be ready certainly on Friday night.”

On Melissa Capocaccia and Georgia Russell:
“Georgia’s out for probably a number of weeks. She has a serious ankle sprain. They’re X-raying it again today. She’s probably out for the season. Melissa has a little bit milder sprain. We’re hoping she’s going to be able to be able to play this week. She hasn’t had much swelling so we’re hoping she’ll be able to go. Maddie Cunningham came in yesterday and played very well for us. She’s a senior so she’s played in a ton of games since she’s been here. She’s one that we’ll rely on if we need to, but we’re hoping our back line will be intact Friday night.”

On Kelly McCormick:
“When you look at our results from three or our last four games, we’ve won 1-0 or tied 1-1. She’s been fantastic. She made a save yesterday that kept us in the game. It would have gone 2-0 to them. It’s really hard to dig yourself out of that hole. She’s been great all year. Her distribution is good, but her shot stopping has been fantastic. We hope she continues to play the way she is now.”

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