2008 Ole Miss Rebels Soccer
Ole Miss Rebels Soccer has come into the spotlight in recent years with steady winning seasons and appearances in post-season tournaments.
Ole Miss Soccer finished the 2007 season with a decent overall record 7-8-5 and finished third in the Southeastern Conference Western Division, despite not losing a match to a Western division foe for the third straight season. A strong senior class is eager to lead Ole Miss back to its place among the nation's best in the 2008 season. As head coach Steve Holeman enters his 14th year at the Rebel helm, he is quick to point to two outstanding facets of this year's team - leadership and chemistry.
Ole Miss welcomes back 14 letterwinners and nine of 11 starters from last year's team. All-SEC midfielders Amy Bayles and Jennifer Hance help make up the group senior class, which also includes goalkeeper Megan Vickery, defenders Christine Breaux, Austin Brown and Amanda Verkin, and forward Stacey Emmonds. From the present year's team Jennifer Hance, Danielle Johnson and Amy Bayles have earned All-SEC honors.
And, so far, it all working as planned. Ole Miss is 3-1 right now in conference play (though only 5-5 overall). We think the Lady Soccer Rebs will end up finishing second to LSU in the SEC West, but still have a winning record and make it to the 2008 NCAA Soccer Championship Tournament.
Discussion from a year ago: Under the direction of head coach Steve Holeman, who has been the Lady Rebels' coach since the establishment of the program in 1995, Ole Miss has appeared in three NCAA Tournaments; won three SEC-West Titles; and placed second in the SEC in 2005.
The Rebels had a decent season last year with an 8-7-5 record and made it to the SEC Tournament, where they were defeated by Kentucky in the first round. They had some impressive wins over Georgia, Arkansas, and Alabama and ended the season ranked second in the SEC West. The Rebels have been steadily building their team under Holeman, and the dedication seems to finally be paying off.
The majority of starters are returning to the pitch this year, including All-SEC players Chrissy Strini, Danielle Johnson, and Jennifer Hance. Coming off an undefeated spring season, Old Miss Rebels soccer looks strong going into the 2007 season.
Goalkeeper Ann Shelton, who is ranked first in UM history and fourth in SEC history for her goals-against average, is expected to bring victories after ranking second in the SEC for her eight shutouts last season.
Chrissy Strini, who was on the All-SEC first team in 2006, was selected for the 2007 All-SEC Soccer preseason team. She will play her last season at Ole Miss as a midfielder and has received good reviews from coach Holeman.
The Lady Rebs have had an impressive showing during the spring exhibition season with a 6-0-3 record, the best spring record the team has ever had. They were able to defeat a number of NCAA Tournament teams and tie with Oklahoma State, who is currently number one in the nation. The ladies have been busy this summer hosting co-ed day camps for youths wanting to improve their soccer skills. The camp is staffed by both current and former players who worked with the kids until August 1st.
Prediction 2d in the SEC West; makes the SEC and NCAA Tournaments.
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2007 Ole Miss Rebels Soccer Schedule:
Aug 25 Samford (Exhibition) 2:00 PM Home
Aug 3 Miami 7:00 PM Home
Sep 02 South Florida 1:30 PM Home
Sep 07 Southern Miss 4:00 PM Away
Sep 09 UAB 3:00 PM Away
Sep 14 Rice 7:00 PM Home
Sep 16 UCF 1:00 PM Home
Sep 21 Memphis 7:00 PM Away
Sep 23 Colorado College 1:00 PM Home
Sep 28 Arkansas 7:00 PM Away
Sep 30 LSU 1:00 PM Away
Oct 05 Auburn 6:00 PM Home
Oct 07 Alabama 2:00 PM Home
Oct 12 Florida 7:00 PM Home
Oct 14 South Carolina 1:00 PM Home
Oct 19 Tennessee 6:00 PM Away
Oct 21 Georgia 1:00 PM Away
Oct 25 Vanderbilt 7:00 PM Home
Oct 28 Kentucky Noon Away
Nov 02 Mississippi State 7:00 PM Home
2007 Ole Miss Rebels Soccer Roster:
Amy Bayles M/F
Christine Breaux D
Austin Brown D
Mallory Coleman M/F
Lily Crabtree D
Taylor Cunningham F
Jackie DeNova GK
Erin Downing D/M
Stacey Emmonds D
Amy Gill F/M
Jennifer Hance M/F
Danielle Johnson D
Christine Liberto F/M
Cori Mehan D/M
Morgan Reichel F
Mallory Rickert F
Ann Shelton CK
Chrissy Strini MF
Perryn Tyler F
Amanda Verkin D/M
Megan Vickery GK
Hannah Weatherly F
Macie Williams F
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