Auburn Soccer is in the record books currently holding the longest active winning streak in the NCAA and surpassing a program record with now 10 consecutive victories. Sunday’s match against Chattanooga also marked the first time the Tigers held their opponents scoreless in a match this season. Conference play begins next week, but not before the nation’s best team comes strolling to the Plains.
Off to one of their best starts in program history, the Tigers welcome Alabama A&M this Thursday before their heavy weight battle Sunday against No. 1 Florida State. It couldn’t be a better time for head coach Karen Hoppa and her team heading into the weekend. Soccer’s longest winning streak, team of the week honors, and three consecutive home games leading into SEC play.
“We’re not getting goals from just one place. That’s going to be a strength of our team. We can score in multiple different ways by a lot of different players” said coach Hoppa on This Week in Auburn Soccer with Andy Burcham.
Alabama A&M is coming to town Thursday for the first time in 21 years since Auburn notched an 11-0 victory in the first meeting. The Bulldogs are still looking for their first win of the 2021 season after five games. The team leaders in goals are Lauryn Christophe and Marissa Horton each with one.
When asked about A&M, Coach Hoppa mentioned “very athletic front runners so I think they can counterattack really well”
The philosophy this season for the Tigers is to focus on the most important thing - the next game. Missing the NCAA Tournament in the spring left a sour taste in the mouths of players and coaches despite losing just one game.
“We tied and lost some games (last season) we shouldn’t have and that cost us as far as making the tournament and I think our team has learned that” coach Hoppa said in response to focusing on Thursday’s game against A&M before Sunday.
WEGL is the home for Auburn Soccer and will cover Thursday’s match against Alabama A&M at 6:30 P.M. from the Auburn Soccer Complex
Sunday, the No. 10 Tigers will host the No. 1 Seminoles in their non-conference finale at 2 P.M.