No.11 Auburn faces tough road test at No.17 in Tennessee
AUBURN, Alabama – No.11 Auburn (7-1-0, 1-0-0 SEC) hits the road for the first time in nearly a month to face No.17 Tennessee (7-1-0, 0- 1-0 SEC) Thursday at 6 p.m. CT at Regal Soccer Stadium.
“It’s a really tough week for us and a big challenge”, head coach Karen hoppa noted. “Heading out onto the road in Tennessee, we expect them to be really hungry and we expect the environment to be really tough.”
The game will be available to stream on SEC Network +.
Auburn’s 7-1-0 start is tied for the second-best start in eight games in program history.
The Tigers have enjoyed a record 11-game winning streak from late last spring to the start of this season and are 13-2-1 in 16 games since the start of last spring.
The team beat their opponents 22-6 this season and 38-9 in the last 16 games.
Auburn has allowed multiple goals on just one occasion in the last 16 games and has a 0.55 goals against average during the period.
On the other side of the ball, the team have scored multiple goals in 11 games during the period, including 10 of the last 11.
The Tigers have seen a player score multiple goals in a game seven times this season, including a pair of braces from Anna haddock and a hat trick from Carly Thatcher.
The seven multi-goal performances this season are the highest since 2000 (eight).
Haddock ranks in the SEC’s top five and NCAA top 20 in goals (seven) and points (17).
Her seven goals in the first eight games of the season are the most scored by an Auburn player since Tammy Waine scored 12 at the start of the 2000 season.
Auburn ranked No.11 in this week’s coaching poll, marking the fifth straight week the team has made the top 15.
Five of Auburn’s top six SEC contests and seven of the 10 total conference games are against ranked or voted teams.
The Tigers have earned a result in seven consecutive encounters with Tennessee since 2012.
Marissa Arias is tied for second on the team with eight points on three goals and two assists.
She made her first career start against Alabama A&M and recorded a brace while adding an assist against the Bulldogs.
Arias recently scored the third and final goal in the team’s first win against Georgia.
Tennessee enter the second conference weekend with a 7-1-0 overall record and a 0-1-0 league record after losing their first SEC game in Arkansas.
Led by junior goaltender Lindsey Romig, the Volunteers have not allowed any goals in the first seven games of the season, ranking second nationally in shutout percentage (0.875) and first in the SEC in goals against average ( 0.375).
Tennessee also ranks near the top of the league and is in the NCAA’s top 25 in goals (26), assists (23) and points (75).
Twelve volunteers have scored this season, led by Claudia Dipasupil and Taylor Huff’s five goals each.
The Tigers return to the Plains to take on division foe Texas A&M (5-3-1, 1-0-0 SEC) on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. CT at the Auburn Soccer Complex.