Soccer Hosts Ole Miss, Visits No. 9 Alabama

Vanderbilt plays three of the first four SEC matches on the road

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt soccer looks for its first conference win as they open the home portion of the SEC schedule on Thursday night against Ole Miss at 6 p.m. The match will be shown on SEC Network. The Commodores then travel to No. 9 Alabama on Sunday at 6 p.m.


Ole Miss

  • Vanderbilt trails the series 7-9-5, with the first meeting a 6-1 Commodore win in 1995
  • The last time the two programs met was in 2021 when the Rebels shutout the Dores 1-0


  • Vanderbilt leads the all-time series 15-7-4
  • The two programs met for the first time during the 1987 season, a match which ended in a 0-0 draw
  • In the last meeting, the Dores fell to Alabama in the 2022 SEC semifinals

Last time on the pitch

Vanderbilt fell at No. 9 South Carolina, 3-1, on Friday night in the SEC opener. Freshman Courtney Jones scored the lone goal for the Dores in the 89th minute to avoid the shutout.

South Carolina jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first 19 minutes of the match and held Vanderbilt scoreless through the first half. The Gamecocks outshot the Dores 7-1 in the opening 45 minutes.

Vanderbilt dominated second-half possession, controlling the ball for 54 percent of the game. The Dores outshot the Gamecocks 6-4 in the second period, holding South Carolina scoreless.

Vanderbilt earned four corner kicks, including one which set-up Jones’ goal. Senior Abi Brighton served cross-field, finding Hannah McLaughlin. McLaughlin headed it to Jones who found the back of the net.

Preseason Honors

  • Five Commodores highlighted the SEC Preseason Watchlist – Maya Antoine, Abi Brighton, Rachel Deresky, Hannah McLaughlin and newcomer Jada Konte.
  • Antoine was also named to the United Soccer Coaches 2023 Preseason Watchlist for Defenders.