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Early Signing Day coverage: Soccer

<p>Nov. 2, 2021; Orange Beach, Alabama; Auburn head coach Karen Hoppa greets fans after Auburn downed South Carolina in the second round of the SEC Tournament.</p>

Nov. 2, 2021; Orange Beach, Alabama; Auburn head coach Karen Hoppa greets fans after Auburn downed South Carolina in the second round of the SEC Tournament.

Auburn soccer's class of 2022 has started to make it official. Keep up with all its signees here:

Erin Houston - Kennesaw, Georgia

The 5-foot-8 defender who plays for Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Georgia, chose the Tigers over Georgia for her home for the next four years. Houston was named the Marietta Daily Journal’s and Cobb Counties’ Girls Soccer Player of the Year in 2021. She racked up nine goals and 10 assists in her first season at Harrison High as she led the Hoyas to a 13-5-2 record in the spring. Houston also practiced at the year-round United States Soccer Development Academy before the development academy system was shut down in 2020, due to financial dismay caused by the pandemic. 

Helene Tyburczy -  Ramsey, New Jersey.

Tyburczy is an ambidextrous-footed defender from Ramsey, New Jersey, where she played on the Cedar Stars in the MLS Academy League and for the Ramsey High School Rams. 

She scored the game-winning goal in the 2020 New Jersey state title game to secure a three-peat state title for the Rams, being cited as the team’s vocal and emotional leader on the way to a third straight championship.

Tyburczy was named to the 2018, 2019 and 2020 First Team All Big North Conference, the 2016-2020: ODP East Region Team Selection, the 2020 United Soccer Coaches Fall Girls High School All-East Region and, most importantly, the 2021 North Jersey High School Girls Soccer Player of the Year. 

Dylan Driver - Macon, Georgia.

Hailing from just across the border in the Peach State, Dylan Driver attended Stratford Academy, where she was a dual sport athlete in soccer and track for the Eagles. The forward was named to Georgia’s Class A Private School Preseason All-State Soccer Team and the 2021 Georgia Super 11 Team. She scored four goals in Stratford’s preseason spring win against Whitefield.

Olivia Fout - Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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Taylor Richards - Plano, Texas.

Auburn will have a duo of Richards on campus next year as Taylor Richards, sister of Auburn junior and standout forward Sydney Richards, signed with the team on Wednesday to play goalkeeper. Similar to Driver, Richards plays on an FC Dallas team, as well as at Plano Senior High School in Plano, Texas, where she recorded four shutouts in her junior year. She’s been defending in goal for quite a few years, winning the Golden Glove Award in the Southern Regional Championship 2018 and being named the Plano Senior HS Varsity MVP 2019-2020 as just a sophomore.

Hayden Colson - Denton, Texas.

Hayden Colson is a 4-star defender on Top Drawer Soccer, the highest rated player of this year’s signing class for Auburn. She plays on an MLS FC Dallas team, where she was crowned the 2017 USCS National Champion. Colson had five weekly standout honors in 2020 and was named to the ECNL All-Conference Texas team in August. She continues to play for FC Dallas while she awaits the start of her senior season in the spring. One of the highest moments in her soccer career came just a few months ago when she was called up to the U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team camp after playing a season at Guyer High School in Denton, Texas.

She was also one of six FC Dallas players invited to practice with the Bayern Munich Women’s team when they were in Kentucky in August for the international Women’s Cup.

Larry Robinson | Photo Editor

Larry is a senior studying journalism with a minor in sociology. He is from Enterprise, Alabama and is in his third year with The Auburn Plainsman. 

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Caleb Jones | Sports Editor

Originally from Helena, Ala., Caleb Jones is a senior studying journalism at Auburn University. He has been on staff with The Plainsman since 2019.

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