A 10-game home slate, and an exciting Southeastern Conference lineup highlight Ole Miss soccer’s 2017 schedule, head coach Matthew Mott announced Tuesday.
“We are very excited for the fall and can’t wait to get started this August,” Mott said. “We feel like a tough non-conference slate will again prepare us for battle in the SEC, and we look forward to the challenges it will bring us. With a strong core of players returning, and a very solid group of transfers and freshmen, we are looking forward to what this upcoming season brings us.”
The Rebels will face eight NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago, including Elite 8 participants Auburn and South Carolina, as well as Florida (Sweet 16), Texas A&M and Arkansas. Ole Miss will also take on three non-conference teams who played in the 2016 postseason, including Alabama State, Michigan and Memphis.
Following an exhibition match at South Alabama on Aug. 11, the Rebels will open a busy three-week stretch at home, with the home opener vs. Alabama State on Aug. 18. The following Sunday, Northwestern State pays a visit to the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium, before Big 10 foe Michigan makes the return trip to Oxford on Aug. 25.
After the first road match at Louisiana-Lafayette on Aug. 27, the Rebels return home the first weekend in September to host High Point (Sept. 1) and Southern Miss (Sept. 3), before a long stretch of road contests get underway the following weekend.
A weekend tournament in Memphis Sept. 8-10 will bring a pair of non-conference matchups vs. Tulsa (Sept. 8) and Memphis (Sept. 10). A week following, the Rebels head to The Sunshine State to open SEC action at Florida (Sept. 14), before closing the non-conference slate at Stetson (Sept. 17).
Georgia is the first league opponent at home on Sept. 21, as the Rebels will also host South Carolina (Sept. 29), LSU (Oct. 8), Auburn (Oct. 19) and Alabama (Oct. 26). The remaining road matchups in league play include Arkansas (Sept. 24), Tennessee (Oct. 5), Texas A&M (Oct. 13) and Mississippi State (Oct. 22).
The SEC Soccer Championship is set for Oct. 30 – Nov. 5 in Orange Beach, Alabama.
A full TV schedule will be released at a later date to include game times and other TV designations. All home games will be available on SEC Network + via WatchESPN and the ESPN app.
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Courtesy of Ole Miss Sports