The Tigers took a bite out of the Trojans with a 3-0 victory on Sunday afternoon.
Thanks to freshman forward Sydney Richards senior midfielder Bri Folds, the Tigers managed a shutout, with all three goals scored in the first period.
Richards managed to score in the first few minutes, and later scored another goal with 18:50 left in the first period. Folds' score came off a penalty kick in the first period.
“Being a freshman and coming out there hitting two really nice goals in the first half to get the good start to the game felt really good,” Richards said. “It feels really good because I’ve been waiting to get into it this season coming off the preseason. It felt really good to finally have the outcome I wanted.”
Auburn's defense stayed aggressive and kept possession of the ball for most of the first half. By halftime, the Tigers had attempted 12 shots compared to Troy’s two.
Troy was largely on the defensive with Auburn as the Trojans ended the first period with four saves while Auburn only ended with one.
“We were really happy with the first half,” Auburn head coach Karen Hoppa said. “We wanted to pick up where we left off Thursday, and the first half was tremendous."
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In the second period the Tigers attempted six shots but did not score thanks to Troy's goalkeeper, Haleigh Mercer, and a few overshot kicks. The Trojans attempted two shots but came up short with each one. In all the Tigers attempted 18 shots while Troy only attempted four.
Now, after coming off a blowout win, Auburn (3-2) is set to face Southern Mississippi (3-3) on Friday at the Auburn Soccer Complex.
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