JACKSON- The Jackson State University Lady Tigers soccer team will travel to Oxford, MS to take on the University of Mississippi Lady Rebels in the first round of the NCAA Regional Tournament on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.
The Lady Tigers (10-9-2) won their spot in the Regionals by defeating Alabama State in the SWAC Championship game and taking home the 2013 SWAC title. This will be the first time since 2010 that the Lady Tigers have made an appearance during the Regionals. In that appearance, Jackson State faced the No. 1 seated University of North Carolina Lady Tar Heels and loss 5-0.
The Lady Rebels (15-5-2) earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament and is ranked no. 22 nationally. The last time the Lady Rebels played in the NCAA Regionals was in 2009. They made it all the way to the first round of the NCAA Championship but fell to the Washington Huskies 1-0.
The Rebels are led offensively by Rafaelle Souza and Mandy McCalla. Souza, senior forward, has 19 goals with 6 assists for 44 points and McCalla, senior midfielder, has 14 goals with 5 assists for 33 points. Defensively, the Rebels are led by Kelly McCormick, junior goalie, who has 74 saves with 21 goals allowed. McCormick is credited with 7 shutouts and a record of 15-5-2.
The Lady Tigers are led by Jalana Ellis, freshman midfielder, who has scored 7 goals with 2 assists for 16 points. Ellis is followed by Elexis Rice, freshman defender, and Eroncia Berry, freshman forward, both with 5 goals. The defense is headed up by junior goalie, Taylor Emerson. Emerson has 5 shutouts with 35 saves and only 6 goals allowed for a record of 7-1-1.
Ole Miss and the Lady Tigers have not faced each other but have both faced Northwestern State and Mississippi State earlier in the season. The Lady Tigers were unable to get a win in either contest while the Rebels were able to defeat them both.