After finishing a six-game home stand with a record of 5-1, the Ole Miss women’s soccer team begins a four-game road trip starting at No. 15 Missouri tonight before heading to Alabama on Sunday afternoon.
The Lady Rebels (8-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) look to rebound from their first loss of the season to No. 10 Texas A&M last Sunday. Missouri (8-1, 2-0 SEC) is coming off a pair of wins against South Carolina and Auburn in its SEC debut.
The Rebels have played the Lady Tigers twice in program history and defeated them on both occasions, but Ole Miss has not played them since a 2-1 overtime win in 2003. Mott is familiar with Texas from when he was the top assistant coach at Texas from 2006-10.
“I played them when I was at Texas four times,” Mott said. “They are a very difficult team. They are high energy, high work rate. Their front line is very dangerous.”
Missouri is led by senior forward Taiwo Adeshigbin, who is in her second year with the Lady Tigers. Adeshigbin has a team-high four goals. The Mizzou offense has scored 19 goals through its first eight games.
The Ole Miss offense scored 30 goals through its first eight games — all wins — before the Rebels were shut out against Texas A&M, while the Missouri defense has allowed just five goals this season.
Alabama (5-2-1, 0-1-1 SEC), which lost to Tennessee and then tied LSU last weekend, will host Georgia on tonight before welcoming the Lady Rebels to Tuscaloosa.
Ole Miss won last year’s meeting in Oxford, 3-0, with junior Rafaelle Souza scoring a pair in the game.
Freshman forward Katie Bourgeois leads the charge for Alabama with six goals, while the Crimson Tide defense has allowed only six goals this season.
Ole Miss sophomore goalkeeper Kelly McCormick had her worst outing last Sunday against the Lady Aggies, allowing a season-high four goals. Mott is not worried about McCormick bouncing back from it.
“I think Kelly is able to flush a performance like that and be able to move on,” Mott said. “It’s tough when you give up goals, but she will be fine and ready to go.”
The Missouri match is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff, and the Sunday match against Alabama is set for 1 p.m.
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