• Ole Miss stays undefeated after a pair of street matches final week, defeating Center Tennessee, 4-0, and incomes a scoreless draw at Samford.
• Ole Miss’ four-match shutout streak to begin the season is tied for the longest in program-history. The Rebels additionally opened with 4 clear sheets in 2003 and 2011.
• The Rebels will return dwelling to tackle Louisiana Tech on Thursday earlier than hitting the street once more for Sunday’s match at UCF in Orlando.
• Thursday’s assembly would be the first ever between Ole Miss and Louisiana Tech.
• Ole Miss might be trying to avenge final season’s 3-0 defeat to UCF on Sunday.
• The Rebels are certainly one of 14 groups within the nation to not permit a objective this season.
• Senior Ashley Orkus is certainly one of three keepers with 4 clear sheets in 2022.
• At 3.00 targets per sport, Ole Miss is the nation’s Twentieth-ranked scoring offense.
• The Rebels rank fifth in whole assists with 15, whereas Taylor Radecki ranks third within the nation with 4 assists.
• Ole Miss is ranked thirteenth within the United Soccer Coaches Ballot
SCOUTING LOUISIANA TECH
Steve Voltz enters his second season as head coach of Louisiana Tech soccer after main LA Tech as interim head coach in 2021. In his first season in Ruston, Voltz guided a younger squad consisting of 18 newcomers, together with 15 freshmen, to a 6-8-3 total file and a 2-4-2 league mark. the group ended 2021 robust going unbeaten in 4 of the final 5 matches.
The momentum is carrying into this season as Tech is 2-1-1, choosing up wins over Murray State and Abilene Christian. LA Tech hit the street for the primary time this season for his or her first ranked opponent this Thursday. The sport begins a 4 sport street stretch.
The Bulldogs have scored 4 targets every by a unique participant. Defender Kalli Matlock leads the group in factors with three and pictures with eight. Matlock scored within the season opener in opposition to Murray State and dished out an help in opposition to Northwestern State. Freshman ahead Riley Bonadie has dished out two of LA Tech’s assists.
Sophomore keeper Sydnee Korchak is 2-0-1 with each wins being shutouts. The native Canadian has allowed only one objective this season, making 13 saves. She additionally earned C-USA Goalkeeper of the Week this previous week. Korchak surpassed her minutes performed and saves from her freshman season. The Bulldogs additionally began Libe Banuelos in opposition to Northwestern State. The Bilbao, Spain native is coming off a powerful freshman season in 2021. Banuelos began 12 video games, allowed 18 targets and made 61 saves.
Ole Miss and Louisiana Tech will compete for the primary time in Oxford on Thursday. The Rebels are 61-39-11 in first time conferences. Whereas LA Tech is 40-32-5 in first time conferences.
LAST GAME (8/28/22)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – No. 12 Ole Miss (3-0-1) and Samford (3-0-1) performed to a tough fought scoreless draw on a sweltering afternoon on the Samford Soccer Stadium on Sunday.
The opposing offenses struggled to interrupt down their counterparts on each ends of the pitch, with Samford holding a slender 7-6 lead in pictures on the day. Ashley Orkus was known as up 4 occasions and got here up with the products every time for her fourth clear sheet of the season.
Whereas each groups fought exhausting all through, not a lot motion materialized till the closing minutes of the primary half.
Simply minutes after Samford missed a golden probability in entrance of objective to take the lead, Stella Downing almost broke by for the Rebels with a darting solo run within the dying seconds of the interval, finally sending a shot straight on the keeper.
Catastrophe almost struck within the 53rd minute for Ole Miss as keeper Ashley Orkus was known as for a foul within the field, leading to a Samford penalty. Nonetheless, the following shot from Kylie Gazza was huge.
The stroke of fortune instantly lifted the depth from the Insurgent aspect as Ole Miss grew again into the sport and created quite a few half possibilities of its personal.
Within the 68th minute, Mo O’Connor almost set Ramsey Davis by on objective with a ball excessive, thwarted solely by a superb restoration run from the Samford defender. Simply a few minutes later, Downing discovered Lauren Montgomery alone on the high of for a shot that drifted huge.
After weathering one other storm from the house group, Ole Miss pushed for the winner within the remaining 5 minutes of the match. Nonetheless, the Rebels could not break by, settling for a draw.
NOT GOING ANYWHERE
Ole Miss stays within the top-15 at No. 13 in the newest version of the United Soccer Coaches Ballot. The group has been ranked all three weeks to begin the season. The Rebels have been ranked contained in the top-15 in three consecutive seasons, climbing to No. 14 in 2020 and No. 13 in 2021.
KEEPING IT CLEAN
Ole Miss’ streak of 4 straight clear sheets to open the season is its longest for the reason that 2011 season, head coach Matt Mott‘s second marketing campaign in Oxford. That season, the Rebels held their opponents off the board in every of the primary 4 matches of the season.
Ole Miss’ offense is rolling however the protection has shutdown each opponent. The Rebels’ protection is minimizing the opposing offenses possibilities of scoring by retaining them from taking pictures. The opposing group has but to shoot 10 occasions or extra. Memphis got here the closest with 9 pictures and 6 pictures on objective.
TAKE IT HOME
Ole Miss is unbeaten at dwelling in eight of the final 9 dwelling video games relationship again to September 16, 2021. Rebels begin the season 2-0 at dwelling, outscoring their opponents 8-0 in these video games. The group performs three of the following 4 video games at dwelling.
Selecting a ball off close to midfield, Sixth-year senior defender Sydney Michalak made a blinding run earlier than firing into the again of the web for Ole Miss’ second objective in opposition to Memphis. It was Michalak’s first objective since her collegiate debut in 2018, nonetheless enjoying as a ahead at the moment. The Insurgent left again additionally helped Ole Miss lock up a pair of fresh sheets in the course of the week. For her efforts, Michalak was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Group of the Week.
Rebels’ 4-0 win at Center Tennessee gave the group 39 factors on the season which ranks second within the SEC. Marykate McGuire scored twice for the fourth time in her profession and assisted on two different targets for a complete of six factors. McGuire’s two targets and 6 factors are group season highs
GETTING DUSTY IN HERE
Whereas the primary objective of any season is a particular one, the Rebels’ opening tally of the 2022 season on Thursday got here with a bit additional that means. Fourteen minutes into the match, redshirt-freshman Lauren Montgomery cleaned up a Mo O’Connor rebound and slid the ball underneath the keeper for her first collegiate objective, coming simply over a yr after tearing her ACL in the course of the 2021 preseason and lacking her true freshman marketing campaign.
IT JUST MEANS MO’
When the lights shine brightest, Insurgent striker Mo O’Connor steps her sport as much as one other degree. Of O’Connor’s 15 profession targets, eight have come in opposition to convention opposition, together with 5 of seven targets in 2021. O’Connor’s 5 targets in league play final season have been tied for probably the most within the convention.
BEEN AROUND THE BLOCK
In his thirteenth season on the helm of the Ole Miss program, Matt Mott is the fourth-longest tenured head coach within the SEC. Mott can also be the third-longest tenured head coach energetic at Ole Miss.
SEC’s Longest Tenured Head Coaches
1. G Guerreiri (Texas A&M) – 29 seasons
2. Karen Hoppa (Auburn) – 24 seasons
3. Shelley Smith (South Carolina) – 22 seasons
4. Matt Mott (Ole Miss) – 13 seasons
5. Colby Hale (Arkansas) – 11 seasons
BIG SHOES TO FILL
With the departure of star gamers like Channing Foster, Haleigh Stackpole and Molly Martin, Ole Miss can have loads of firepower to interchange in 2022. Foster completed her profession with 44 targets, tied for the second most in program historical past, whereas Stackpole’s 31 profession assists rank third all-time at Ole Miss, together with 16 assists in 2021 alone. In the meantime, Martin and her aerial risk led the Rebels with 10 targets a season in the past. General, Ole Miss might want to exchange 25-of-36 targets (69.4%), 23-of-44 assists (52.3%) and 73-of-116 factors (62.9%) from the 2021 season.
Getting into her fourth season between the posts for the Rebels, goalkeeper Ashley Orkus sits close to the highest within the Ole Miss file books in a number of statistical classes. Beneath is a breakdown of Orkus’ method of program-records:
1. Kelly McCormick (2011-2014) – 297
2. Marnie Merritt (2014-18) 277
3. Ashley Orkus (2018-pres.) 264
4. Melinda Smith (1998-2001) 232
1. Kelly McCormick (2011-2014) – 42
2. Marnie Merritt (2014-18) – 40
3. Ashley Orkus (2018-pres.) – 35
4. Brittany Gillespie (2000-03) – 32
1. Ashley Orkus (2018-pres.) – 22
Kelly McCormick (2011-2014) – 22
Brittany Gillespie (2000-03) – 22
4. Marnie Merritt (2014-18) – 21
5. Ann Shelton (2004-07) – 18
Ole Miss is certainly one of 5 SEC groups to obtain a bid a minimum of 5 of the final seven seasons (Arkansas, Auburn, South Carolina, Texas A&M) and in addition certainly one of 5 SEC groups to make 4 of the final 5 NCAA Tournaments.
For the second consecutive yr, Ole Miss is ranked within the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Ballot, coming in at No. 18. The Rebels have been slotted at No. 23 within the 2021 preseason ballot. Previous to final season, Ole Miss had by no means been ranked within the preseason by the United Soccer Coaches. The Rebels are certainly one of 4 SEC groups ranked within the 2022 iteration of the ballot, becoming a member of Arkansas, Tennessee and South Carolina.
BEST OF THE BEST
Ole Miss keeper Ashley Orkus was named to the 2022 TopDrawerSoccer.com Preseason Greatest XI First Group. It’s the second consecutive yr that the two-time defending SEC Goalkeeper of the Yr has been named to the primary group. Orkus has additionally obtained postseason Greatest XI honors from TopDrawerSoccer the final two seasons, incomes a primary group nod in 2020 and touchdown on the third group in 2021.
Orkus was additionally chosen to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch Checklist for the third consecutive yr. The senior was the one goalkeeper among the many group of 15 gamers named a semifinalist for the 2021 version of faculty soccer’s high particular person honor.
FOLLOW THE REBS!
Followers can sustain with all of the goings on across the Ole Miss soccer program by following the Rebels on the group’s numerous social media platforms. Yow will discover the Rebs on Twitter at @OleMissSoccer, on Instagram at @OfficialOleMissSoccer or on Fb by search “Ole Miss Soccer”. Followers can even now comply with Ole Miss on TikTok at @OleMissWSoccer.