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Four rebels land on SEC preseason watch list


BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Four Ole Miss players have been placed on the SEC’s preseason watch list, announced Wednesday by the league office.

Sydney Michalak and Ashley Orkus land on the watch list for the third season in a row, while Mo O’Connor and Taylor Radecki both make their first appearance.

Michalak is entering his sixth and final season as a rebel. Since moving from an attacking position to the backline ahead of the 2019 season, the Florida native has been a mainstay in the rebel starting XI, starting all 59 games in that span. Over those three seasons, Michalak has been a key figure in 19 clean sheets.

Orkus is entering her fourth season in goal for Ole Miss as the two-time reigning SEC Guard of the Year and one of the most decorated players in program history. The sixth-year senior became the first rebel to be named a first-team All-American by United Soccer Coaches in 2021 and is widely recognized as one of the best goalkeepers in the country.

A homegrown product from nearby Oxford High School, O’Connor is Ole Miss’ top return scorer of last season, netting seven goals on the year. O’Connor has been a pest in league competition throughout his career, scoring eight of his 13 career goals against SEC competition, including a league-high five goals in SEC play in 2021.

Radecki is in her third season at Ole Miss after transferring from Florida State and has been a fixture on the Rebel defense ever since. She has started all 39 games since 2020, helping the Rebels to 13 clean sheets in that span. Thanks in part to a lethal long throw-in, Radecki had seven assists last season, second on the team.

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