By Adam Brown
The Ole Miss Rebels soccer team travels to the lone star state on Thursday as they take on the Long Beach State 49ers in a neutral site matchup on the home pitch of SMU. First kick is set for 4 p.m.
Ole Miss (5-1) is coming off a sweep over Western Kentucky (2-0 2 OT) and Murray State (5-4) on the road.
On Sunday, the Rebels were challenged in a tough match against Murray State but came away with a 5-4 victory.
“Murray State is a team that is used to success,” Ole Miss Assistant Coach Rob Thompson said about the win on Monday. “They only lost one game at home last season and are the reigning OVC (Ohio Valley Conference) champions.”
This season, the Rebels have rotated about 17 to 18 players in and out of the lineup in games.
“That allows the coaching staff to be able to rest people in the second half when players can have a re-entry into the game,” Thompson said. “It also makes it little easier on the rotation.”
Long Beach State rolls into the match with a 2-3 record on the season, with all three losses coming to Power-5 opponents UCLA, Penn State and Nebraska.
“(This match) will be another really good test for us,” Thompson said.
Long Beach State is led by senior forward Katie Pingel who has one goal, two assists and four points on the season.
The Rebels will return home on Sunday as they take on the University of South Alabama Jaguars at 1 p.m.