Sept. 26, 2013
Auburn Weekly Release/Notes
COLUMBIA, S.C. – After a successful six-game home stand, the Auburn Tigers (4-4-1, 0-1-0 SEC)) head on the road to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks (7-1-1, 0-1-0 SEC) on Friday and the Ole Miss Rebels (8-1-1, 1-0-0 SEC) on Sunday.
Auburn is coming off a successful six-game home stand tallying four wins and getting major production from its offense. 15 goals were scored in the six-game stretch, including six coming in its shutout against Southern Miss on Sunday. The Tigers split their last weekend series, which included a 1-0 loss in its SEC opener to No. 19 Kentucky, but assistant coach James Armstrong believes the team has taken big strides as it makes its first conference road trip.
Continuing to lead the way for Auburn is freshman Casie Ramsier, who leads the team with four goals on the year and 25 shots. Right behind her is junior Tori Ball with three goals, but has been able to find the right opportunity for her teammates as she leads the squad with four assists.
“We have really progressed from the start of the season,” Armstrong said. “We really stepped it up for the start of SEC play.”
Even with the score not going in their favor against the Wildcats, the Tigers were able to stay stride-for-stride throughout the match notching 12 shots, six coming on goal. Assistant coach Ben Madsen also said he is impressed with the way the Tigers have played over the long home stretch.
“We feel like we are getting better each week, but it is the little things,” Madsen said. “It was just that one mistake that held us back from getting the result that we wanted on Friday against Kentucky.”
Auburn faces their second SEC opponent of the season, No. 22 South Carolina on Friday. The Gamecocks are led by Danielle Au and Raina Johnson, who each have three goals and one assist on the season. However, it is the Gamecock’s defense that has Madsen impressed with the South Carolina team.
“Defensively they are as solid as ever,” Madsen said. “They have a great goalkeeper and a great back line. We are going to have to attack and finish our chances.”
The last time the Tigers faced the Gamecocks, Auburn was trailing by two goals just 19 minutes into the match but stormed back with four unanswered goals to claim a 4-2 victory, including getting a goal from current sophomore Kala Faulkner.
The Tigers will then head to Oxford, Miss. to take on No. 24 Ole Miss. The Rebels are 8-1-1 on the year and are led by Rafaelle Souza, who has 11 goals and two assists on the season. Ole Miss is currently on a four-match winning streak, scoring victories against Kennesaw State, Memphis, Arkansas-Little Rock and in their SEC opener against Arkansas.
Friday's match is set to begin at 6 p.m., while Sunday's game is slated for 1 p.m. Fans can listen locally on WEGL 91.1 or follow online at AuburnTigers.com.
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