Ole Miss and rival Mississippi State battle Thursday night at 6 p.m. at the Ole Miss Soccer Stadium. The Rebels lead the series 12-6-3.
It’s International Students Night. International students attending get free pizza. The first 400 fans also get an Ole Miss Soccer ThunderStix.
Mississippi State enters Thursday night’s matchup at 5-4 on the year, which already ties last year’s win total for the Bulldogs. Led by fourth-year head coach Aaron Gordon, the Bulldogs are coming off a 5-10-3 campaign in 2015, and are off to one of their better starts in recent years. Picked 14th in the SEC Preseason Poll, MSU is 0-2 thus far in league play with losses at No. 25 Arkansas (5-2) and at home to Vanderbilt (2-1, 2OT).
While the rivalry series has been ongoing for 22 years, it wasn’t named the Magnolia Cup until the 2003 season. Since then, the Rebels have owned a 7-3-2 record against the Bulldogs, and have kept the trophy in their possession since the 2013 victory.
A year after setting the single-season attendance record (11,087), the Rebels have once again seen great crowds in their seven home matches this season. Ole Miss currently ranks 19th in the NCAA in total attendance (6,126) and 38th in average attendance (875 fans per game). Seven of the top-10 largest crowds in school history have all come under head coach Matt Mott, including the eighth-largest crowd ever of 1,335 in the 2016 season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette (8/19).
The game will be televised on the SEC Network and admission is free.
Following the battle for the Magnolia Cup Thursday night against Mississippi State, the Rebels will host the current leaders of the SEC, No. 15 Arkansas, Sunday at 2 p.m. on SEC Network.
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