After reaching the Sweet 16 in back-to-back seasons and coming up short, Auburn soccer has finally made its big breakthrough in the NCAA Tournament.
The Tigers upset No. 1 seed Florida, 3-1, away from home Sunday afternoon to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history. Auburn (17-6-0) set another school record in the upset with its 17th win of the season — the most ever for a single Tigers team.
Auburn senior midfielder Brooke Ramsier put the Tigers in front in the 26th minute with a nice half-volley from just outside the box:
— Auburn Soccer (@AuburnSoccer) November 20, 2016
The goal was Ramsier’s fifth goal in seven matches. The senior playmaker also added six assists during that span and earned national team of the week recognition.
The Tigers doubled their lead in the 62nd minute when junior forward Kristen Dodson drew a penalty that led a Florida red card. Freshman Bri Folds converted from the spot to give the Tigers a 2-0 advantage to go along with their man advantage.
Florida pulled one goal back shortly after the penalty. But Dodson drilled a 30-yard goal in the 85th minute to seal the victory for the Tigers.
Dodson, who scored her 13th goal of the season, left the game late with an apparent shoulder injury. The junior from Illinois pulled ahead of senior midfielder Casie Ramsier for the team’s goal lead with her long-range strike.
Auburn athletics director Jay Jacobs live-streamed the Tigers’ postgame celebration in Gainesville:
— Jay Jacobs (@jayjacobsauad) November 20, 2016
Auburn beat the No. 1-seeded Gators earlier in the season. Sunday’s win gave Auburn the two-peat over perennial SEC powerhouse Florida, which is a first in school history.
The Tigers will play the winner of No. 2 seed USC and Utah, which are currently scoreless in the second half. Georgetown, South Carolina and North Carolina have already clinched a spot in the Elite Eight.