Because of scheduling issues, there will be no Stoppage Time podcast this week. In lieu of the audio format, Stoppage Time will be presented to you in a written format this week.
The Auburn soccer team battled Mississippi State down in Starkville on the 29th of September, leading to their third draw this season. Mississippi State looked much improved from last season, leaving the Tigers frustrated with their result following the double overtime affair.
The offense struggled to put quality shots on frame again, which seems like a common theme for this offense that graduated multiple scorers from last year’s team. Bri Folds led the way in shots. But ultimately only four shots from the Tigers were able to test the State keeper in the game that ended 0-0 after two overtime periods.
Perhaps the biggest takeaway is the revelation that has become the Tigers defense. The defense pitched their fifth shutout of the season on Friday night. The Auburn defense has turned things around since the waxing that occurred at the Duke Nike Classic at the beginning of the month, already racking up three shutouts in SEC play. Led by Caroline Bado, the defensive side of the ball is clicking on all cylinders. They take a streak of 280 minutes without allowing a goal into their matchups against Arkansas and Alabama this weekend.
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Auburn soccer will take on the Arkansas Razorbacks at 6 PM CT on October 5th on the SEC Network. Arkansas comes into the matchup with two straight losses against Ole Miss and Texas A&M. Overall, the Razorback boast a 6-6-1 record, which is a far cry from the team they were last year. Last time the Razorbacks and Auburn met was the 2016 SEC tournament, with Auburn taking the loss. The stats don’t lend much to how this game will go. Arkansas skewed their stats when they beat Mississippi Valley State 11-0 this season. Overall, Arkansas has seemed to struggle in tough games this year, also dropping games to Penn State, UConn and even dropping points to Vanderbilt.
Prediction: Auburn 2-1
The marquee matchup of this slate of games will no doubt be the matchup against Alabama. As in most rivalry games, the records and stats get tossed out the window and this one will be no different. This game will be an away game on Sunday, October 8, on the road in Tuscaloosa. Unfortunately, there are currently no plans to televise this game. Alabama is 8-4-1 on the year after an impressive start to the season with a win over then-ranked 6th Florida State. Alabama comes into this weekend two losses and a draw to start off their SEC play. The key to this game will be Auburn starting off hot and putting the pressure on a down Alabama team who also travels to face Texas A&M this week in College Station. Auburn will show up ready to face Alabama and should fare will if the offense comes to play.
Prediction Auburn 2-0
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