Oct. 17, 2013
Auburn Soccer Weekly Release/Game Notes
Tennessee Soccer Game Notes
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Auburn University soccer team will (4-8-2) go on the road this weekend for two crucial matches as they take on Tennessee (7-5-2) on Friday and Missouri (6-7-1) on Sunday.
The Tigers are coming off a one-match weekend when they hosted the Georgia Bulldogs last Friday. In that match, Auburn held the Bulldogs to a 0-0 draw in double overtime, earning it an important point in the conference standings.
Junior goalkeeper Alicen Wright posted seven saves in the draw, including a huge save on the line to keep the score line level late in the second half. For her efforts, Wright named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week. Freshman Casie Ramsier led the team with four shots in the game and has continued her stellar first year with Auburn as she still leads the team with five goals on the year.
Auburn head coach Karen Hoppa said earlier this week that they team is now focused on the postseason and stressed the importance of each upcoming game.
“The message to our team is that it is playoff time,” Hoppa said. “We have got to take a playoff mentality and we have got go in to each game this weekend as a must-win situation for us.”
Auburn’s first matchup on the slate is against the Tennessee Volunteers on Friday in Knoxville. The Tigers last faced the Volunteers during last year’s SEC tournament, a game which ended in a 0-0 tie after three overtimes. Auburn advanced past the Lady Vols on penalty kicks, winning 5-3 to advance to the tournament semifinals. Tori Ball led the Tigers in that game with six shots, two of which were on goal. Kim Spence and Bianca Sierra also posted shots during the match, while goalkeeper Amy Howard turned away six shots on goal en route to becoming Auburn’s all-time record holder for saves in a career.
Tennessee is led by Caroline Brown, who has tallied six goals on the year and has four game-winning goals. In goal for the Lady Vols is Julie Eckel, tallying 64 saves en route to a 7-5-2 record and six shutouts on the season.
“They are going to be a really dangerous team,” Hoppa said. “They are an attacking team, so our defense really needs to be on their game on Friday night.”
The Tigers will then travel to Columbia, Mo., to take on the Missouri Tigers. Auburn’s last matchup with the Tigers was last season, where the Orange and Blue fell at home 2-0. Auburn had its opportunities in the match, taking 14 shots, including nine on frame, but twice shots ricocheted off the crossbar and then had another stopped by a Missouri defender. Ball led the team with three shots in the defeat.
This year, Missouri is led by Kaysie Clark, who has six goals and two assists on the year to lead her team. McKenzie Sauerwein has been the Tigers primary goalkeeper this year, notching 69 saves and giving up 16 goals for a 6-7-1 record with three shutouts. Last time out, Missouri dropped a 1-0 decision to LSU to fall to ninth in the SEC.
“Missouri is super athletic,” Hoppa said. “They have a lot of depth, so that will be a challenge for us.”
Friday's match is set to begin at 6 p.m. in Knoxville, Tenn., while Sunday's game is slated for 1 p.m. in Columbia, Mo. Fans can listen locally on WEGL 91.1 or follow online at AuburnTigers.com.
A full recap with stats can be found online at AuburnTigers.com following each match.
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