Sept. 19, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn Tigers play their last two games of a six-game home stand this weekend as they welcome the Kentucky Wildcats (6-1-1) on Friday and the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (5-1-2) on Sunday.
After splitting last weekend's matches, defeating College of Charleston 3-0 and falling to Long Beach State 1-2 in overtime, Auburn head coach Karen Hoppa is still pleased with the way her team is playing right now.
"We played better soccer again this weekend than we have the previous weekends," Hoppa said. "We are happy with the way we are playing."
Hoppa is also pleased with the way her offense is beginning to play, in particular, freshman Casie Ramsier, who has posted three goals in her last three games.
"Casie has really stepped up," Hoppa said. "She is playing great soccer. She is really dynamic right now."
The skill of the opponent will be ramped up this weekend as Kentucky will visit The Plains and face Auburn on Friday night for both team's SEC opener. The Wildcats are led by three standout players. Stuart Pope has a team leading seven goals for the team, with two assists. Zoe Swift has six goals with two assists, and Arin Gilliland has three goals with seven assists.
"They are 6-1-1 and they are flying," Hoppa said. "They are coming off of a great weekend, beating
West Virginia 4-2 on the road. They are a Top-25 team."
The home stand finishes on Sunday with another solid matchup as the Tigers welcome Southern Miss, a team that has won five of their first eight contests this season, including a win over SEC foe, Mississippi State. The Golden Eagles have also taken four matches into overtime, losing only once in matches with the extra period.
"Southern Miss beat Mississippi State, so they have an SEC win under their belt, so it is going to be a big challenge," Hoppa said. "This team is playing really hard. They are playing really good soccer."
Southern Miss is led by Danica Roberts who has nine goals on the year and two assists.
Friday's match is set to begin at 7 p.m., while Sunday's game is slated for 2 p.m. Fans can listen locally on WEGL 91.1 or follow online at AuburnTigers.com. Admission is free to both matches. Also, during Friday's match, the soccer team will be celebrating U.S. Youth Soccer Month. There will be a free autograph session after the match.