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Soccer Roundup: Tigers Dominate State; Ramsier and Folds Recognized

Junior Midfielder Ellie Leek (13) (Photo: Auburn Athletics/Anthony Hall)

Auburn Soccer picked up their 10th win of the season, and fifth win in a row on Sunday, by downing Mississippi State 3-0 in Auburn. Brooke Ramsier, Kristen Dodson, and Ellie Leek were responsible for Auburn’s goals in the win. The Tigers got on the board first in the 27th-minute, when Taylor Troutman and Courtney Schell assisted Leek on a shot that finished inside the back post. Ramsier scored the second goal of the half during the 36th minute when she scored an unassisted goal on a corner kick. “We had been practicing (corner kicks) all week, so when I hit it in my teammates had great pressure to distract the goalie so she wasn’t able to see it went in,” Brooke Ramsier said of the goal. The final goal came off the head of the team’s point leader, Kristen Dodson. Schell recorded her second assist of the game when she and Bri Folds sent the ball to Dodson, who headed it in at the 60-minute mark. The goal was Dodson’s ninth of the season, which leads the team. Dodson is also leading Auburn in points (24) and is tied with Brooke Ramsier in assists, with 6. Coach Karen Hoppa was pleased with the team’s performance. “We played great defense allowing zero shots in the first half, which really set a good tone for us,” said Hoppa of the win. “ I’m happy we picked up the third goal, got a lot of players minutes today and it was a really good team effort.” The win moves Auburn to 10-4 overall, and 6-1 in the SEC. Currently, Auburn is tied with Arkansas for second in the conference. The Tigers and Razorbacks share the same SEC record, as well as points (18). The two teams battle on Friday at 7 P.M. at the Auburn Soccer Complex. In other soccer news, Bri Folds was named the SEC Freshman of the Week on Monday. Last week, Folds earned three points after she scored a goal in Thursday's win against Kentucky, and assisted with Kristen Dodson’s goal on Sunday against Mississippi State. With the honor, this is the 4th consecutive season that a player from Auburn has been named “Freshman of the Week” by the SEC office. Senior Casie Ramsier was also named a candidate for the CLASS award. The Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. In order to be eligible for this award, a student-athlete must be classified as a NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. Ramsier has a 3.5 GPA, a returning All-American, and was on the preseason Hermann Trophy watch list. Sixty student-athletes throughout the country were named candidates for this award.

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