A rigorous non-conference schedule appears to be paying off for the Lady Rebels soccer team now that it has entered SEC play.
After getting off to an average start, the Lady Rebel
soccer team knocked off one ranked opponent and tied another
to start off SEC play last weekend. Ole Miss tied 8th-ranked Tennessee 1-1 Friday night, while on Sunday afternoon beat 25th-ranked Georgia 3-0.
Coach Steve Holeman¹s UM team will host Southeastern Conference Western Division foes
Arkansas and LSU this weekend.
"Winning the (SEC) West has always been one of our core
goals," said Holeman, whose program accomplished that in 1999, 2000, and 2005. "So obviously when we have a weekend like this where
we have two West teams coming to Oxford, there is a
considerable amount of excitement."
Such excitement is expected following a weekend like the
Lady Rebs had this past weekend. At the top of their game defensively, the
Rebels allowed one goal all weekend to No. 8 Tennessee and
No. 25 Georgia.
Senior goalkeeper Ann Shelton merited Soccer Buzz Elite Team
of the Week honors after recording nine saves against
Tennessee and a shutout against Georgia.
"Ann has been key to our success both last year and early
this year. She is as good a goalie as you could ask for,"
Last year, Shelton led the nation in average goals against,
allowing a remarkable .286 goals a game. She shared
goal-keeping duties with fellow junior Megan Vickery, who
was lost for the season following an ACL
"I hated losing Megan; she is such a great competitor and
we really had a lot of chemistry," Shelton said. "Right now
I¹m adjusting to playing 90 minutes a game."
Returning all the starters from last season, Holeman appears
to have these Rebels ready for the tough SEC schedule thanks
in large part to a non-conference schedule that saw Ole Miss
match up with the likes of top-ranked Notre Dame, SMU, and Colorado.
"We¹re deep this year, so we¹re able to keep the
girls' legs fresh, and if we come out ready to play we can
hang with anybody in the country." Holeman said.
That depth comes from a freshman class that is considered
one of the best rookie groups in school history. So far,
eight of the Rebels 20 goals have been provided by freshmen.
"The new girls give us exactly what we need," senior
defender Lyndsey Williams explained. "We had seen them
play before and we knew what to expect; they have completely
lived up to both the recruiting hype and our
"It's amazing," said freshman forward Hannah Weatherly, who was named SEC Freshman of the Week earlier this season following wins over USM and Memphis. "The older girls have been so wonderful, taking us
under their wing but at the same time giving us
The Lady Rebels go into the weekend sporting a 1-0-1 SEC
record and a 5-4-1 overall record. They will be in action
against Arkansas at 7 p.m. Friday and against LSU at 1 p.m.
Soccer hopes to build on successful weekend
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