AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) – The No. 11 Auburn Tigers continued their hot streak against UAB Thursday at the Auburn Soccer Complex beating the Blazers 4-1.
Auburn was able to separate from UAB by scoring three goals in the second half. Redshirt Sophomore Kylie Bechard and Junior Sydney Richards each had two goals.
Regarding Bechard, head coach Karen Hoppa said, "So proud of her. She spent the first two yearsof college rehabbing knee injuries. To see her just get on the field the first game was a joy, and to see her contribute the way she did tonight, scoring two goals. I'm really proud of her and really excited because it's only the beginning for Kylie."
Bechard opened up the scoring in the game with a header from within six yards. After a somewhat slow first half, UAB scored within a minute of the second half, tying it up 1-1 with a goal from Lizzie Hill. After Hill's score, the Tigers began to pour on the goals, with one coming just 16 seconds after UAB scored their first.
The Blazers were unable to overcome the deficit after the second goal rang in. The Tigers kept their momentum going until the end of the game, adding two more goals to the board.
"What's most exciting is I don't think we've played our best soccer yet, but we have a mentality," said Hoppa. "It's a fighting mentality. They work hard. They grind it out. They make things happen. They're finding a way, and we know they can play better, so we're really excited so far."
UT Chattanooga (2-2) comes to The Plains to take on the red-hot Tigers (4-0) Sunday, Sept. 5, at the Auburn Soccer Complex.