Oct. 3, 2013
The Auburn Tigers (4-6-1) head into their split weekend starting on Friday when they host Texas A&M (7-3-1) on Friday and then travel to Gainesville, Fla. to take on the eighth-ranked Florida Gators (8-2-1) on Sunday.
During last weekend’s two-game road trip, the Tigers were defeated by No. 20 South Carolina 2-1 last Friday and 7-0 by No. 24 Ole Miss last Sunday.
Freshman Casie Ramsier scored her team-leading fifth goal against South Carolina in the final minutes to close the deficit to one. Freshman Samantha Solaru was awarded the assist on the play, her first of the year. It wasn’t enough for the Tigers to pull the match even, but Ramsier has continued to be the Orange and Blue’s go-to scorer, scoring all of her goals in the team’s last seven matches.
Auburn head coach Karen Hoppa came away seeing last weekend as a learning experience for her team and believes it is ready to move on.
“We have got to learn from it, and we have got to get better,” Hoppa said. “We are only three games into conference play, and we have eight games left and I think it is really important that we put it behind us and move on.”
Auburn will face the Aggies in its first game of weekend, but both teams have a short history against each other. The Tigers defeated A&M during last year’s conference tournament in the semifinal round 2-0, with its only other contest coming earlier in the regular season. Senior Maddie Barnes was one of two goal scorers during the victory in the tournament semi-final, helping send the Tigers to the championship match.
“They are a really good squad,” Hoppa said. “They are a legitimate Top 25 team. Their style is very similar to us.”
The Tigers will then travel to Gainesville, Fla. on Sunday to take on the Gators. Auburn is looking to avenge a 0-3 defeat in the SEC Championship game last season, the last meeting between the two teams.
“Florida lost a ton of great players, and they are playing really quality soccer right now,” Hoppa said. “Our defense is going to be the key to the match.”
Friday's match is set to begin at 7 p.m., while Sunday's game is slated for 12:30 p.m., and will be televised on CSS. Those attending Friday’s match will be able to participate in Auburn Soccer’s “Noche de Futbol” night. The first 150 fans will receive a Noche de Futbol t-shirt. Fans can listen to both matches locally on WEGL 91.1 or follow online at AuburnTigers.com.