#15 Gamecocks Hit the Road to Take on Auburn Under Friday Night Lights
COLUMBIA, SC – No. 15 South Carolina women’s soccer (7-1-3, 1-0-2) hits the road this week to face Auburn (5-3-3, 1-1-1) Friday, Sept. 29 at the Auburn Soccer Complex. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on SEC Network+.
LAST TIME OUT
The Gamecocks enter off their third draw of the season after a 1-1 finish against Tennessee. Sophomore defender/midfielder Gracie Falla drew a penalty in the box with minutes left in the match setting up Carolina’s lone goal of the night. Senior forward Cat Barry took the penalty scoring her seventh goal of the season. Fifth-year keeper Heather Hinz made four critical saves including a leaping punch save in the 27th minute. Hinz moved up to No. 3 in the Gamecock record book for all-time minutes currently sitting at 5,883.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Friday night’s meeting will be the 26th meeting all time against the Tigers. Carolina holds a 14-7-4 advantage in the series.
The Gamecocks and Tigers last squared off in the regular season in October of 2021 when No. 25 South Carolina took down No. 13 Auburn 3-2, at Stone Stadium. Carolina had goals from three different players including one from current forward Cat Barry. The Tigers edged past the Gamecocks later that season in the SEC Tournament quarterfinal matchup by a score of 2-1.
Auburn also comes off their third draw of the season, a 0-0 shutout this past Sunday against Ole Miss. The Tigers outshot the Rebels 14 (5) to 7 (2), their fewest shots on goal allowed since allowing a pair at LSU back on Oct. 23, 2022. Fifth-year forward Sydney Richards leads the Tigers with four goals on the year and senior midfielder Anna Haddock leads the team with 11 points, three goals and five assists. Auburn is led Karen Hoppa, a 30-year coaching veteran who is in her 25th season at the helm of the Tigers.
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