Sept. 8, 2011
Riding a four match winning streak and three straight shutouts, the No. 23 Auburn soccer team (4-1-0) will try to extend both in its first road match of the season on Friday at Samford (2-3-0) at 7pm.
Ranked in the top 25 for the first time since Sept. 25, 2010, Auburn has posted back-to-back 1-0 shutouts following a 4-0 shutout to attain its highest ranking by Soccer America since being No. 13 on Sept. 18, 2006. Goalkeeper Chandler Hillen, the reigning SEC Freshman of the Week, has posted a 0.25 goals against average and a .933 save percentage during the winning streak.
"We have to learn how to play now with the target on our back," Auburn Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. "Samford is a big rivalry game for us. A lot of our girls have played with their players. It will be fun, especially for our kids from the Birmingham area."
Auburn is 6-0-1 all-time against Samford and 2-0-1 against the Bulldogs in Birmingham. In the seven match series, Auburn has allowed just one goal, it coming in 2006, while scoring 15.
"This is an away game for us and Samford brings out a huge crowd," Hoppa said. "They are going to be screaming against us so it is going to be critical that we come out and perform like with did last Friday night (vs. Duke) again this Friday night."
Friday's match is the first of three straight away from home for Auburn, which travels to Denver, Colo., next weekend to face Colorado and Denver.
Auburn-Samford Match Notes
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