Auburn Soccer at Miss State/Ole Miss Preview
No. 17 Auburn Tigers (8-2-3, 1-1-2)
Miss State (7-6-1, 1-3-0) * Oct. 17 * Starkville, Miss. * 7 p.m. CT
No. 22 Ole Miss (12-2-0, 3-1-0) * Oct. 19 * Oxford, Miss. * 1 p.m. CT
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Scouting the Bulldogs...
Mississippi State enters its contest with Auburn holding a 7-6-1 record overall and 1-3-0 in the SEC. The Bulldogs' win in conference play was a 2-0 win at Georgia, but most recently fell 2-4 at Arkansas and 1-2 at LSU. This weekend will be the first home SEC matches for MSU. Betty Ann Casey and Heidi Ondra each lead the team with five goals apiece, but no assists on the year. Luisa Marzotto has played in goal for all 14 of the Bulldogs' contests while credited with the 7-6-1 record. In those 14 games, she has given up 14 goals for a 0.99 GAA. Head coach Neil McGuire is in his fourth season with the Bulldogs and holds a 27-32-3 record.
Scouting the Rebels...
Ole Miss sits at No. 22 in the latest polls with a 12-2-0 record overall, while 3-1-0 in SEC action. The Rebels' only loss in conference play came in a 1-2 loss at Georgia. Since then, Ole Miss has gone on a three-game win streak with a 1-0 win at Tennessee, a 3-0 win at LSU and a 4-1 win at Arkansas. The Rebels will also see their first home SEC action this weekend when they host Alabama Friday night. Ole Miss is the only school in the SEC that has posted more shutouts on the year than Auburn with nine. Goalkeeper Brittany Gillespie is the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts against LSU and Arkansas with a 0.50 goals against average. Kristal Menard leads the team in scoring with seven goals and seven assists on the year. Head coach Steve Holeman, who was Auburn's first coach, holds a 97-69-7 record in his ninth year.
Scouting the Tigers...
Auburn moved to 8-2-3 on the season and 1-1-2 in SEC action after a long weekend including a 3-2 win over Vanderbilt and a 1-1 double overtime tie with Kentucky. Auburn found itself down at the half in both games. The Tigers fought back from a two-goal deficit against Vanderbilt to score three in the second half and defeat the Commodores 3-2. Auburn was also down 1-0 at the half vs. the Wildcats and scored a goal in the second half to tie the game at 1-1. Sarah Steinmann had a goal and two assists on the weekend. Jac Schwarz broke the Tigers' scoreless streak at 270:24, tallying a goal in the second half of the Vanderbilt game. Auburn is 4-3-1 all time vs. Mississippi State and 6-3-0 against Ole Miss.
The Tigers will return home Oct. 24 and 26 to host Arkansas and LSU respectively. Auburn holds a 4-5-1 record with the Lady Razorbacks and is 5-4-0 against the Tigers.