Ryan Metcalf | Sports Writer
After a 25-day hiatus, Auburn soccer returned to the pitch to take on Ole Miss Tuesday. The Tigers left with a 1-0 win in the waning moments of the second overtime.
After a 25-day delay with no games, Auburn soccer will take on Ole Miss Tuesday. The Tigers face the 1-2 Rebels at 4 p.m. CST at the Auburn Soccer Complex.
Even in Auburn’s defeat in Athens, Georgia, Saturday, they found out more about freshman running back Tank Bigsby. “You know, that was the best part of the night, just watching him play,” Nix said. “We’ve just got to get everybody playing like Tank.”
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“From game one to game 12, I was a much different kicker with my mindset,” Carlson said. “So just carrying a simple mindset this season like I did in the Iron Bowl. Just treating it like a game and going in confident.”
After joining the New England Patriots in June, Cam Newton has been named the starting quarterback, beating out Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer. Newton and the Patriots start the season on Sept. 13, against the Miami Dolphins.
The departures of Derrick Brown and Marlon Davidson to the NFL leave gaps that Auburn will have to replace on the defensive line and will force new players to step into leadership roles. Big Kat Bryant, a senior from Cordele, Georgia, is stepping into a leadership role as one of Auburn’s returning starters from last season’s defensive line.
“It goes back to the Auburn Family and the Auburn mentality,” Nix said on Tuesday. “They did come through here and… Auburn’s a different place, and we have different people and different players, and I think getting to hear what they’ve done in 2010 and 2013… I think it’s really important for them to share with us.”
“The thing about our team is it has done a lot of sacrificing during the summer,” Malzahn said. “Our team came together and has been accountable to each other... Our players have done a super job.”
After a meeting between the SEC presidents on Thursday, the SEC will be moving to a 10-game conference-only schedule for football. The season will start on Sept. 26, and the SEC Championship is set for Dec. 19.