OXFORD, Miss. – After a stretch of more than three weeks without a home contest, the Ole Miss soccer team returns home to defend the home field and seek to start a new winning streak when the Rebels host Missouri at 7 p.m. on Friday night at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium.
The first 300 fans at the game will receive a free Ole Miss Soccer flag to proudly display their support of the Rebels and can help the program in its drive to hit the 10,000 fan mark for attendance this season. Ole Miss has two games left at home in the regular season and is closing in on the mark for the first time in program history.
Ole Miss (7-5-4, 2-3-3 SEC) takes the field against the Missouri Tigers for only the fourth time in the history of the two programs on Friday night. The Rebels lead the series 2-1 and last faced the Tigers in the 2012 season on the road. All three contests have been decided by a score of 2-1.
The Rebels are led in scoring by freshman Addie Forbus and sophomore Olivia Harrison with six goals each this season. Eight different players have scored for the Rebels on the year with 11 different players distributing the ball on those goals.
Senior goalkeeper Kelly McCormick will break the school record for shutout victories with her next shutout. Currently, McCormick holds 22 shutouts to tie with Brittany Gillespie for the record set in 2003.
Missouri (10-4-2, 5-3-0) enters the weekend after falling to Alabama in the last outing. The Tigers are 3-2 in their last five outings with wins over Georgia, Kentucky and Vanderbilt. Missouri dropped matches to Alabama and Auburn.
The Tigers are led in scoring by Taylor Grant and Reagan Russell with six goals each. Kaysie Clark is the leading ball distributor with nine assists this season for Missouri.
Ole Miss and Vanderbilt have faced each other 15 times in the history of the two programs and the all-time series stands at a 5-5-5 mark. The Rebels have won four consecutive matches in the series.
Vanderbilt (7-8-1, 2-5-1 SEC) is coming off a pair of wins last weekend as the Commodores defeated Mississippi State and Tennessee on the road to pick up the first two SEC wins of the season.
Simone Charley leads the Commodore scoring with seven goals this season and is one of nine players to find the net this year. Charley is also the top passer, tying Ashley Oswald with three assists this season to help lead the Vanderbilt offense.