Christian Clemente | Assistant Sports Editor
When the Tigers needed a hero, freshman midfielder Mallory Mooney scored in the opening seconds of double overtime to give the Tigers a 2-1 win over Georgia and send them to the quarterfinals.
After a chaotic regular season that saw Auburn soccer play in seven overtime periods, face a 25-day hiatus due to COVID postponements, and a stretch of four games in 11 days to end the season, head coach Karen Hoppa and the Tigers are ready for anything when it comes to the SEC Tournament.
Auburn soccer has consistently had close matches all season, and Monday at LSU was no different. In the 93rd minute, forward Kori Locksley scored to give Auburn a 1-0 victory over the Tigers from Louisiana.
“I feel like the secondary is finally coming together with no injuries and whatever, so I feel like we’re going to do great as long as we communicate and play with the right technique.”
As Auburn prepares for a matchup with Ole Miss, its running back room -- led by Tank Bigsby -- continues to get healthier and closer to full strength.
“We kind of let it slip from us last year over here at our house. Like I said earlier, man, it’s going to be real big just to go over there and take that win. Take that win. That’s what I’m looking forward to. I’m just excited and pumped and ready to play.”
Last year against Oregon, the Nix-to-Williams connection began. In the 2020 opener, the pairing showed up once again, with Williams having two receiving touchdowns in No. 8 Auburn's 29-13 win over No. 23 Kentucky.
After a tumultuous offseason where adjusting was the key, the Tigers are excited for football's long-awaited return to Jordan-Hare. “We’re gonna have to earn it,” Malzahn said. “We’re going to have to execute. This is a game about execution.”
Ahead of No. 8 Auburn and No. 23 Kentucky's showdown this Saturday, The Auburn Plainsman reached out to Kentucky Kernel sports editor Braden Ramsey for a Q&A previewing the season opener. Here's what he had to say about the Wildcats.
On Thursday, three Auburn soccer players were named to the SEC Soccer Preseason Watch List. While on Wednesday, the Tigers were picked to finish 10th overall in the SEC by the conference's coaches.