Ole Miss soccer releases 2019 schedule

Published 12:03 pm Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The 2018 Ole Miss soccer campaign capped one of the most successful runs in program history, making the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years.

On Monday, the Rebel soccer team released their full schedule for the 2019 season.

The 18-game regular season slate includes nine games at home at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium and 10 games total against Southeastern Conference opponents.

A trip north to Memphis and the hosting of the Rebel Classic mark the highlights of the non-conference schedule for Ole Miss. The Rebels lost 2-0 to the Tigers last year in a non-conference game at home. Hosting the Rebel Classic in late August, Ole Miss will bring together Southeast Missouri, Minnesota and Arkansas for a set of games.

The Rebels went 6-3-1 in conference play last year, tying with Texas A&M and Arkansas atop the SEC West standings. The road to the west in 2019 will be a little harder than a year ago, as they travel to Arkansas on Oct. 3 and later travel to Texas A&M to close their regular season on Oct. 31. Their rivalry tilt with Mississippi State will also have to be played on the road.

When the season gets under way in August, the team will look quite different than the one just one year ago that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Graduating this past year was CeCe Kizer, the Ole Miss all-time leader in both goals and points.

Despite the loss of Kizer’s offense, the 2018 team was relatively young. Head Coach Matt Mott’s Rebels will return four of their top-five players in minutes played from 2018. They’ll also be adding a bit of young blood from right down the road.

Oxford High School’s own Morgan O’Connor graduated a year early to get her Ole Miss soccer career underway. The 2019 Gatorade High School Player of the Year in Mississippi, O’Connor will be a freshman on the 2019 Rebel team.