OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss soccer team continued to make history this season when the Rebels (15-5-2) earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament and were announced as a host site for the opening round of play with the announcement of the tournament field on Monday.
Ole Miss, ranked in the top 25 at No. 22 nationally, will host Jackson State at 7 p.m. Friday at the Ole Miss Soccer Complex. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children and students. It marks the first time the Rebels will host an NCAA Tournament game in program history and the fifth-ever NCAA Tournament berth.
“It was pretty stressful to have to wait that far into the bracket announcement to hear our name called,” said Ole Miss head coach Matthew Mott. “We felt like we were in, but you can’t wait to hear your name called so there is no doubt left that you’ll continue your season.
“This is another step forward for our program as we continue to build,” Mott said. “This will be the first time in the tournament for any of these players and the first time for our staff as Rebels. We can’t wait to take the field again and are excited for this group of seniors to have the opportunity to step out on that field one more time and play in front of the great fans we’ve had support us all season.”
The Rebels have had an outstanding season in 2013, tying the school record for wins in a season and have the chance to break that record against Jackson State this Friday. Ole Miss posted 14 wins in the regular season, also a school record, before defeating Kentucky in the SEC Tournament to advance to the semifinals and tie the record for wins in a season.
Ole Miss has been led this season by a pair of All-SEC first team performers in Mandy McCalla and Rafaelle Souza. Souza paced the team with 19 goals this season and tied the career mark for goals with 41 over her three years in the Red and Blue. McCalla tallied 14 goals to date and is fourth all-time on the career goals list in Rebel history.
It isn’t all on the foot of McCalla and Souza, however, as the seven different Rebels have scored goals this season and nine different players have passed out assists. A pair of sophomores sit right behind the seniors in scoring, with Olivia Harrison and Bethany Bunker– an All-SEC Tournament selection along with McCalla – notching five and six goals, respectively.
The defense of the Rebels has been getting the job done as well, with junior goalkeeper Kelly McCormick directing a young back line to post nine shutout victories this season. It’s one more than the shutout total a year ago and marks 20 matches that McCormick has played a role in posting a shutout in her career. She has also become the all-time leader in goalkeeper wins with 33 following the SEC Tournament win over Kentucky.
Jackson State enters the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 10-9-2 and earned a bid by claiming the Southwest Athletics Conference tournament this past weekend with a win over Alabama State in the championship game.
Jalana Ellis leads the way with seven goals for the Tigers and is one of 11 players to notch a goal this season for Jackson State. Elexis Rice and Eroncia Berry are right behind her with five goals each this season.
Jackson State and the Rebels have two opponents in common this season, Northwestern State and Mississippi State. The Tigers fell in both matches against the common foes while the Rebels picked up wins over both the Demons and the Lady Bulldogs.
It's that busy time of the year with the Ole Miss football, volleyball, men's and women's basketball teams all in action. Here are some thoughts and opinions on the week that was in Ole Miss sports:- A slow start (17-0... read more
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas jumped out to a 17-0 in the first quarter and took advantage of six Ole Miss turnovers on the way to a 30-0 shutout win Saturday in Fayetteville."I was concerned all week, for whatever reason, that... read more
Three areas to watch as No. 8 Ole Miss travels to Arkansas in its final road game of the regular season Saturday. Slowing the Hogs' Ground Attack The extra week of preparation, defensive coordinator Dave Wommack said, should prove beneficial... read more
It's sometimes easy to forget where the Ole Miss football program was just three short years ago, when Hugh Freeze was interviewing for the head coaching position. The Rebels had won just two games in 2011 and had lost 14... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewNov. 10-16, 2014Women's Basketball- The Ole Miss women's basketball team opened up the 2014-15 season with two wins over the weekend. The Rebels took down Grambling 92-67 in the season opener on Friday and followed... read more
The Ole Miss football team was off, but it was a busy week in Ole Miss athletics nevertheless, as the men's and women's basketball teams opened their respective seasons. Here are some thoughts and opinions on the week that was:-... read more
No. 10 Ole Miss was without several starters and regular contributors against Presbyterian, and many others were limited. But given an extra week of rest, head coach Hugh Freeze said he expects everyone, with the exception of the players out... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewNov. 3-9, 2014Football- Ole Miss took a break from the rugged Southeastern Conference and earned a 48-0 shutout win over Presbyterian on Saturday.- It was the Rebels' first shutout since beating Tulane 39-0 in 2012.-... read more
Austin Miller handled all of this week's edition of the Observations from the Best Seat in the House. Check out what he had to say below:- The nation's best scoring defense finally got its first shutout of the season, as... read more
Ole Miss racked up the second-most yards in school history, totaling 640 yards, including 402 yards on the ground, in a 48-0 rout of Presbyterian. The Rebels were able to limit the reps for several players in the contest, with... read more
Three areas to watch as No. 11 Ole Miss hosts FCS opponent Presbyterian in its final non-conference matchup of the regular season. Execute, Stay Heathy Saturday's game with Presbyterian is more about Ole Miss than its opponent, as the team's... read more
With injuries mounting on both sides of the ball, Saturday's game against Presbyterian presents an opportunity for young players and backups to gain experience and make an impression on the coaching staff. Among those injured players, head coach Hugh Freeze... read more
A question we keep hearing is what needs to happen in order for the Rebels to get to the SEC Championship game. It's pretty simple, just cheer for the home team. The lone exception to that notion is Ole Miss'... read more