• After a pair of matches at dwelling, Ole Miss returns to the highway to face WKU in Bowling Inexperienced, Kentucky.
• Ole Miss has two Bowling Inexperienced natives on the roster in senior Haleigh Stackpole and freshman Whitaker Buchanan.
• The Rebels are undefeated on the highway this season, drawing with Memphis and selecting up wins over Arkansas State and South Alabama.
• Ole Miss is coming off of a troublesome 3-0 loss to No. 17 UCF on Thursday in Oxford. It was the primary lack of the season for the Rebels.
• The loss to the Knights snapped a 13-game unbeaten streak in non-conference play for the Rebels.
• Channing Foster scored the Rebels’ lone objective within the 1-1 draw with Samford to tie Molly Martin for the workforce lead with 4 targets. The senior took over sole possession on Ole Miss’ all-time scoring record along with her thirty ninth profession objective.
• Foster is the SEC’s energetic main scorer with 39 targets in her profession. Foster and Martin are tied for eighth within the league this season with 4 targets.
• Stackpole sits at seven whole assists for the season, tying for the nationwide lead.
• 4 of Ole Miss’ 5 targets final week got here off of headers. In whole, the Rebels have scored six headed targets this season.
• The Rebels are ranked No. 25 within the School Soccer Information top-30. Ole Miss obtained 26 votes in the latest United Soccer Coaches Ballot, the fourth-most amongst unranked groups.
The one head coach in program-history, Jason Neidell is in his twenty first season at Western Kentucky. Underneath Neidell, the Hilltoppers claimed a pair of Solar Belt Convention common season championships in 2007 and 2013. WKU has had a profitable file in 17 of Neidell’s 20 campaigns.
The Hilltoppers are off to a flying begin, registering a 5-0 file for the primary time in program-history. WKU has already picked up one SEC win with a 3-2 time beyond regulation thriller over Vanderbilt at dwelling, and likewise registered a Energy 5 victory 1-0 over Louisville on the highway.
Junior ahead Katie Erwin paces the Hilltoppers with seven factors for the season on a pair of targets and three assists. Graduate pupil defender Avery Jacobsen and sophomore midfielder Brina Michaels are tied with Erwin for the workforce lead in targets, additionally with two.
Between the posts, a few gamers have seen time. Graduate pupil Alexis Bach has began 4 matches, posting a 0.49 GAA with 13 saves. Junior Ashley Kobylinski began the matchup with Union (Tenn.), needing only one save for a clear sheet.
Ole Miss holds a slender 2-1-1 lead within the all-time sequence with WKU. The Hilltoppers got here out on prime within the first-ever matchup between the 2 colleges, a 2-1 time beyond regulation win in Bowling Inexperienced. The Rebels tied the Hilltoppers 0-0 in Oxford in 2010 and have since received the final two matchups, together with a 1-0 time beyond regulation win in Kentucky two seasons in the past.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Ole Miss wanted further time to drag out a victory over WKU, defeating the Hilltoppers 1-0 in double time beyond regulation behind Channing Foster’s penalty kick within the 108th minute.
Ole Miss greatest probability to attain within the first half got here shortly after kickoff, when Sophie Dineen and Haleigh Stackpole performed a give-and-go to create some house on the left wing within the third minute. Dineen despatched in a nicely weighted cross that discovered Molly Martin’s head within the field however the junior’s try and redirect on objective went simply huge.
The Insurgent stress continued to present WKU issues within the midfield, resulting in plenty of Hilltopper turnovers however the Rebels weren’t in a position to join the ultimate ball, settling for a 0-0 rating on the halftime break.
The Rebels got here out of the halftime break with renewed power and dominated the overwhelming majority of the 45 minutes. Ole Miss outshot WKU 9-4 within the second half, whereas additionally incomes eight corners. Nonetheless, the Rebels had been unable to place any of their possibilities away, heading into time beyond regulation for the second-straight match.
Ole Miss continued to regulate the tempo of play all through time beyond regulation and within the second 10 minute interval it paid off as WKU was known as for a foul within the field, establishing a penalty kick. Channing Foster stepped to the spot and calmly completed, sending her teammates onto the pitch to have fun.
A pair of Rebels will probably be making a homecoming this week in Bowling Inexperienced natives Haleigh Stackpole and Whitaker Buchanan. Rising up in a army household, Stackpole spent her youthful years in Bowling Inexperienced earlier than shifting to North Carolina for her highschool profession. In the meantime, Buchanan starred at Bowling Inexperienced Excessive Faculty, the place she set the college single-season scoring file with 43 targets in 2018.
By way of the primary six matches of the season, seniors Channing Foster and Molly Martin have been within the thick of the scoring motion. The pair has teamed as much as rating eight of the Rebels’ 12 targets this season. The senior duo have had a bulk of the possibilities for the Rebels, with Foster main the workforce with 28 pictures and Martin sitting second at 14.
LENDING A HELPING FOOT
Haleigh Stackpole performed the function of playmaker final week, allotting 5 whole assists, together with 4 in Ole Miss’ 4-2 win at South Alabama on Thursday. The 4 assists had been tied for the third most in a single match in program-history. Stackpole has registered seven assists on the season, tied for the nation’s lead. Stackpole now has 22 assists in her profession, tied for sixth most at Ole Miss.
AIR RAID OFFENSE
Taking full benefit of the peak on the roster, Ole Miss has benefitted drastically from its aerial assault in 2021 with 5 headed targets, three off the dome of senior Molly Martin. Moreover, six of the Rebels’ targets have come off of both a nook kick or an extended throw-in.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Scoring 4 instances on the season, Channing Foster has been as much as her previous tips. The 4 tallies has introduced the senior’s profession whole to 39, shifting into soul possession of fourth most in program-history, 9 behind all-time chief CeCe Kizer. Averaging practically a objective per sport in 2021, Foster is tied for eighth within the SEC.
RUN IT BACK
Coming off of arguably the very best season in program historical past, Ole Miss is reloaded for the 2021 season, bringing again nearly the complete roster from a season in the past. In truth, the Rebels return each single objective, help and save from final season’s workforce, together with a veteran core of 13 upperclassmen. Going again even additional, 50 of the 58 targets scored during the last two seasons had been scored by a participant returning to the Insurgent roster. Bolstering the stacked lineup with 11 extra newcomers, the Rebs have loads of weapons obtainable to assault the brand new marketing campaign.
AMONG THE NATION’S ELITE
After establishing herself with a strong first season in Purple and Navy in 2019, Insurgent goalkeeper Ashley Orkus grabbed the nation’s consideration in 2020 with one of the crucial adorned seasons in program historical past. The senior shot stopper has been acknowledged for her accomplishments with a variety to the TopDrawerSoccer Finest XI First Group, garnering headlines because the premier goalkeeper within the nation. This comes after making a Southeastern Convention excessive 85 saves with seven clear sheets a season in the past, resulting in a unanimous nod because the SEC Goalkeeper of the Yr and a United Soccer Coaches Third Group All-America laurel, whereas additionally incomes the Finest XI First Group spot from TopDrawerSoccer to shut out the season.
Coming again for one remaining faculty marketing campaign in 2021, Channing Foster will look to perform one thing hardly ever potential, develop into a five-time All-SEC honoree. Ever since bursting onto the scene with 12 targets as a freshman in 2017, Foster has been lighting the scoreboard up for the Rebs, touchdown on the all-conference workforce each season, together with back-to-back first workforce nods. The SEC’s energetic main scorer with 39 targets, the Murray, Kentucky, native is one among simply two Rebels to earn all-league distinction 4 instances in a profession, becoming a member of all-time nice Danielle Johnson. Regardless of her prolific profession, Foster enters this season with the primary preseason All-America recognition of her profession, being chosen to the Third Group by School Soccer Information.
For the second consecutive season, Channing Foster and Ashley Orkus have been named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch Checklist. The trophy is the nation’s highest particular person honor recognizing the nation’s Nationwide Participant of the Yr as decided by the voting of Division I coaches who’re members of United Soccer Coaches. Foster and Orkus are two of six SEC gamers acknowledged on the watch record, becoming a member of Arkansas’s Parker Goins and Anna Podojil and Texas A&M’s Barbara Olivieri and Karlina Pattern. The Insurgent duo are additionally each among the many top-100 gamers within the nation as ranked by TopDrawerSoccer. Orkus is the best ranked goalkeeper within the land at No. 16, the third-highest ranked participant within the SEC and climbing all the best way from No. 63 in TDS’s 2020 preseason rankings. In the meantime, Foster is available in at No. 57, shifting up from her place at No. 69 within the remaining rankings of the 2020 season.
HELLO FROM THE OTHER SIDE
Previous to October 31, 2020 no goalkeeper within the historical past of the Southeastern Convention had ever posted two assists in a single match. That modified throughout Ole Miss’ 4-3 win over Georgia, with Ashley Orkus crossing the midfield stripe twice to serve in free kicks, each instances combining with Molly Martin to end result instantly in Insurgent targets. Orkus wasn’t accomplished there, the next week at Vanderbilt, Orkus once more delivered an important help from a free kick, teaming up with Martin as soon as once more to setup Channing Foster’s golden objective in time beyond regulation. Throughout convention play, the three assists had been good for a tie, together with Martin, for fourth most within the SEC and 18th within the nation.
OLE MISS PICKED 6TH IN SEC PRESEASON POLL
Earlier within the week, The SEC introduced the 2021 Preseason Coaches’ Ballot on Tuesday, with Ole Miss predicted to complete sixth within the league desk as voted on by the convention’s 14 head coaches.
Ole Miss strikes up a few locations over its prediction previously two coaches’ polls, having been chosen eighth the final two seasons. The Rebels have completed increased within the league standings than the preseason prognostication in six of the final 9 seasons.
KEEP AN EYE OUT
The Southeastern Convention additionally introduced the 2021 Preseason Watch Checklist on Tuesday, with Ole Miss being represented by Channing Foster, Molly Martin, Sydney Michalak, Ashley Orkus and Haleigh Stackpole, all of whom had been additionally named to the 2020 version of the watchlist.
Foster returns because the SEC’s energetic main scorer, whereas Martin supplies an arial menace in addition to serving as a key cog within the backbone of the Insurgent formation. One of many quickest gamers within the convention, Michalak helped Ole Miss lock down seven clear sheets at outdoors again, taking part in in entrance of the SEC’s Goalkeeper of the Yr in Orkus. Getting into her fourth season, Stackpole is a real box-to-box participant and arguably the Rebels’ prime playmaker, rating third within the convention with eight assists and including in 4 targets of her personal.
DRAFT DAY DELIGHT
For the second time in three years, an Ole Miss Insurgent heard her identify known as throughout the Nationwide Girls’s Soccer League School Draft, with senior Channing Foster being chosen with the thirty second total decide by the Chicago Purple Stars, whereas nonetheless retaining her eligibility to go well with up for the Rebels this season. The Murray, Kentucky, native is a well-known face to the Purple Stars group, having performed for the membership’s Girls’s Premier Soccer League affiliate, serving to lead the Chicago Purple Stars Reserves to a WPSL Central Area Championship. The Reds Stars have additionally been on the fallacious finish of the senior’s deadly left foot, with Foster scoring a stoppage time winner for the U-23 USWNT over Chicago within the 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational.
The Insurgent teaching employees scoured the whole thing of the south to usher in a few of the nation’s prime expertise for the 2021 roster, plucking seven rookies from six completely different states. Including to an Ole Miss roster that options standout performers from throughout the nation, Mott and his employees dipped into the expertise pool in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee to proceed to construct the roster’s depth. Mott signed defender Kaitlin Maynard, a pair of midfielders in Ellie McIntyre and Lauren Montgomery and a trio of forwards, Amber Fortenberry, Maddie Bishop and Whitaker Buchanan. He additionally went out and added Canadian goalkeeper Alyssa Zalac to the signing class in late January and defender Lily Logan in April.
Rounding out the 2021 class is Shea O’Malley from Cary, North Carolina. O’Malley was ranked because the No. 25 recruit within the nation by TopDrawerSoccer and was known as as much as the USA U17 Girls’s Nationwide Group. O’Malley graduated highschool early and arrived on campus early to coach with the Rebels throughout the spring.
HITTING THE PORTAL
Along with the crop of 9 freshmen added for the brand new season, Ole Miss additionally added depth to its veteran lineup with a pair of transfers in Sydney Ash of Virginia Tech and Stella Downing of Memphis.
Ash spent two seasons in Blacksburg earlier than becoming a member of Ole Miss and coaching with the Rebels within the spring of 2021. In her time at Virginia Tech, the junior defender performed in 13 matches with eight begins throughout the 2019 and 2020 seasons. The Leesburg, Virginia, native made seven begins for VT throughout the fall of 2020, serving to the Hokies to a pair of unpolluted sheets and recording her first profession help in opposition to Miami. Sadly, Ash will spend the 2021 season on the sideline after struggling a season-ending harm in preseason coaching.
The Rebels have additionally added a participant they received to see up shut in private a season in the past in Memphis’ Stella Downing. A lightning fast attacker out of Vancouver, Canada, Downing performed in all 12 matches for the Tigers final season, tallying a pair of assists. A kind of helpers got here in opposition to Ole Miss, establishing Memphis’ lone objective within the 3-1 Insurgent win. On the worldwide stage, Downing earned a bronze medal within the 2018 CONCACAF U17 Girls’s Championship, incomes her first cap for Group Canada in opposition to the USA.
GAS IN THE TANK
Over her first three seasons as a Insurgent, junior Haleigh Stackpole has confirmed to have deep reserves in terms of power. The Fort Bragg, North Carolina, native has been a fixture within the Ole Miss lineup ever since stepping foot on campus, beginning all 63 matches of her collegiate profession. Much more spectacular, the box-to-box midfielder has hardly come off the sector regardless of simply pacing the Rebels in distance ran each match, usually 9-10 miles. After rating second on the workforce as a freshman at simply over 84 minutes per match, Stackpole was subbed for simply three whole minutes in 2019, logging 1,899 minutes over 20 matches, and was one among simply three gamers to be on the pitch for each second final season.
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Followers can sustain with all of the goings on across the Ole Miss soccer program by following the Rebels on the workforce’s varied social media platforms. You will discover the Rebs on Twitter at @OleMissSoccer, on Instagram at @OfficialOleMissSoccer or on Fb by search “Ole Miss Soccer”. Followers also can now observe Ole Miss on TikTok at @OleMissWSoccer.