Auburn Races Past Southern
Ala. -- The
Auburn women’s soccer team rolled past Southern Mississippi, 6-0,
Sunday afternoon at the Auburn Soccer Complex. With the victory, Auburn
moves to 4-4-1 on the season as junior goalkeeper Alicen Wright earned
her first win and shutout of the season.
Auburn received goals
from junior Chelsea Gandy-Cromer, sophomore Logan Beal, junior Tori
Ball, sophomore Haley Gerken, freshman Casie Ramsier and freshman
Taylor Wagnon. The Tigers tallied 19 shots in the match with 10 corner
kicks, seven coming in the first half. For Wagnon and Gerken, it was
their first goals of their collegiate careers.
“We really wanted
to press on the defensive side,” Auburn head coach Karen Hoppa said.
“Our offense, too, was firing on all cylinders especially in that
second half. It was great to see a lot of people get a lot of looks at
the goal and have a lot of different goal scorers today. It was really
positive for our team.”
Gandy-Cromer scored the winning goal of
the match not long into the first half. Her third goal of the season
came in the 14th minute after she received a nice pass from Ball just
outside the goal box.
Auburn found the back of the net again, 15
minutes later, after Beal dropped in her first goal of the season,
connecting on a cross from sophomore Kala Faulkner to give the Tigers
the 2-0 lead as the match hit halftime.
The Orange and Blue got
back to their scoring ways almost 16 minutes into the second half as
Ball extended the Tigers’ lead to three in the 60th minute. Ball took
advantage of a rebound off the Southern Miss goalkeeper, Brittany
Taylor, earning the unassisted goal, her third of the year .
stayed on the gas pedal as just two minutes later Gerken scored her
first collegiate goal when Taylor’s attempt to punch away Bianca
Sierra’s free-kick was stopped by Gerken, who put it in the back of the
Eight minutes later, Ramsier punched in her fourth goal of
the season, scoring off a nice header after getting the cross from
Gandy-Cromer right in front of the net. With the score today, Ramsier
has scored in four of Auburn’s last five matches.
finished off the Tiger scoring for the day as she also notched her
first collegiate goal in the waning minutes of the match. Wagnon
blasted a cross from Haley Roberson into the corner of the net from
just outside of the box giving Auburn the decisive 6-0 finish.