Rebels Host Mississippi State Thursday In Magnolia Cup

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Rafaelle Souza and the Rebels take on Mississippi State this Thursday night.

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Rafaelle Souza and the Rebels take on Mississippi State this Thursday night.
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Oct. 29, 2013

OXFORD, Miss. – The nationally-ranked Rebels will close out the regular season at home Thursday when No. 23 Ole Miss (13-4-2, 6-3-1 SEC) hosts Mississippi State (3-14-0, 0-10-0 SEC) in the latest iteration of the Magnolia Cup at 7 p.m. at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium.

The Rebels take the field on Thursday coming off a win over Alabama on Sunday and playing for an NCAA Tournament berth and seeding after locking up a top-five finish in the Southeastern Conference standings and a first-round bye in the SEC Tournament that begins next week.

The Rebels are also one win away from tying the school record for wins in a regular season set in the 2005 season.

“(When we play Mississippi State) we throw out the records and we play,” said Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott. “It’s been tight every year we’ve played them. They have one of the best forwards in the league in Elisabeth Sullivan, who’s scored 14 goals this season. We have two of the best forwards in the league in Rafaelle Souza and Mandy McCalla. Hopefully there will be some goals. It should be a very exciting game, certainly on Halloween.”

Ole Miss is paced offensively by a pair of seniors in Souza and McCalla, who have etched their names near the top of the record books in Rebel history. Souza is second in the SEC in goals this season (16), while McCalla is fifth in the league (11).

The duo are also among the top five in career goals for the Rebels, with 38 and 33 goals as Rebels heading into the match against the Bulldogs.

Souza hit both goals on Sunday to lift the Rebels to the overtime win against the Crimson Tide, giving her four game-winning goals this season, while McCalla leads the team with five.

The Ole Miss defense has also been a bright spot for the Rebels this season with eight shutouts on the year. The Rebels have also conceded an average of only one goal a game with the Rebels allowing 19 goals through 19 games, while scoring 45 goals in that same time.

Kelly McCormick has 13 wins this season, tying her personal best mark for wins in a season set last year and putting her one win shy of tying the career win mark at Ole Miss. A win on Thursday would give McCormick her 32nd career win.

The Rebel defense will have to respond to the challenge of limiting opportunities for the Bulldogs’ star forward in Elisabeth Sullivan. Sullivan has been a consistent scoring threat for Mississippi State this season, putting the ball in the net 15 times this season to sit at fourth in the SEC for goals scored.

Mississippi State has been allowing almost three goals a game this season.

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • Dome, Sweet Dome for Atlanta Area Rebels

      Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - Football

      For high school football players in Georgia, all roads lead to the Georgia Dome and the state championships.  For a handful of Rebels, those roads lead home, as Ole Miss opens the 2014 season against Boise State in the Chick-fil-A... read more

    • VIDEO: Forward Together Construction Update

      Monday, August 25, 2014 - Athletics

      read more

    • Relentless is the Word on Defense

      Sunday, August 24, 2014 - Football

      ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy asked each of the 65 coaches from the Power Five conferences to describe their team in one word.  Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze's word? Relentless. The same can be said of the Ole Miss defense.  And... read more

    • McCormick, Defense Shine in Win

      Sunday, August 24, 2014 - Soccer

      After playing 110 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Georgia on Friday night, Ole Miss responded with a gutsy 1-0 win over Iowa State on Sunday afternoon. The defense, led by senior goalkeeper Kelly McCormick was the story of the... read more

    • Rebels Battle to Draw on Historic Night

      Friday, August 22, 2014 -

      Big time crowd for @SECNetwork live sports event debut. Record attendance of 1,823 for @OleMissSoccer Let's finish strong.-- Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) August 23, 2014 Ole Miss kicked off the 2014 season in thrilling fashion, rallying to a 1-1 draw with... read more

    • Kiffin Pleased with Defensive Line Progress

      Friday, August 22, 2014 - Football

      Like defensive coordinator Dave Wommack, defensive line coach Chris Kiffin has been pleased with his players throughout fall camp, particularly the depth bolstered by the return of junior defensive end C.J. Johnson and the addition of sophomore Fadol Brown and... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Volleyball Day One

      Friday, August 22, 2014 - Volleyball

      THE SEASON: Volleyball - Day One from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Rebels Kick-Off Season on National Stage

      Friday, August 22, 2014 - Soccer

      Three things from Ole Miss soccer head coach Matt Mott, previewing the season opener against Georgia on Friday night. Rebels Look to Take Next Step Ole Miss made history this past season, not only setting a school record for wins,... read more

    • Nkemdiche Headlines Retooled D-Line

      Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - Football

      The return of junior defensive end C.J. Johnson and additions of sophomore Fadol Brown and freshman Marquis Haynes have changed the face of the defensive line, but freshman All-American Robert Nkemdiche remains front and center.  With a season of experience... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Sneak Peak

      Monday, August 18, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football 2014: Episode 1 Sneak Peak from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Wallace: 'It's My Offense'

      Monday, August 18, 2014 - Football

      The dean of Southeastern Conferences quarterbacks and the league's leading returner in total offense, passing yards and passing touchdowns, senior Bo Wallace is as healthy and confident as ever, and he's also assumed a more vocal leadership role on the... read more

    • VIDEO: We Are Ole Miss

      Saturday, August 16, 2014 - Athletics

      We Are Ole Miss from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.In case you missed it, "Forward Together: We Are Ole Miss" from earlier this year: Forward Together: We Are Ole Miss from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss Football: Fins Up (Part 2)

      Saturday, August 16, 2014 - Football

      In case you missed it, Fins Up (Part 1) from last year:... read more

    • Rebels Battle Injuries on Defense

      Friday, August 15, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze confirmed that junior cornerback Carlos Davis suffered a torn ACL and will likely have surgery Monday. Davis joins sophomore cornerback Tee Shepard and junior safety Chief Brown on the list of players expected to miss... read more

    • Recapping the SEC Network Launch

      Friday, August 15, 2014 - Athletics

      The launch of the SEC Network shows the growth and vision of the 14 schools in the conference. #OleMiss-- Coach Alex (@apsimms2) August 15, 2014 That was fun! And the @SECNetwork is only getting started. #SECStoried finished strong. Great... read more