AUBURN, Ala. – Jordan Miller's first career goal at Auburn will be a memorable one. Tied at zero with the clock ticking off the final 60 seconds of regulation, the 5-10 freshman found herself in the right spot at the right time to head in a Katy Frierson corner kick, sending the Auburn soccer team to a 1-0 upset over No. 6 Florida at the Auburn Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon.
"Things were chaotic and crazy in (the box). Arms were flying everywhere. I saw the ball right at the corner of the post and I decided to jump and try and get a head or a touch on it and it went in," Miller said. "It was such an amazing play, I cannot even believe it happened right now."
Auburn, which improved to 9-5-0, 3-3-0 SEC and defeated Florida (10-2-2,
4-1-1 SEC) for the first time since 2005, had the better run of play for the majority of the match, out-shooting Florida 15-10 and taking seven corners to Florida's three.
"We played well, we defended well, we out-shot them, we out-cornered them, we had one cleared off the line. I am so excited that we got that final goal," Auburn Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. "We did a great job of earning the corner and playing until the last minute. Katy served in a great ball and Jordan was at the right place at the right time, it hit her head and went in and that's all it takes. It doesn't matter how we score the goal, as long as we have one more at the end of the day."
Auburn was itching to break through early in the second half as Ashley Marks' shot 1v1 from inside the 18 forced Florida goalkeeper Katie Fraine into a diving save. Two minutes later it was Ana Cate heading in a corner that Florida's defenders kept out of the net.
"This win means a lot. We have really tried to focus in on giving a full 90 minutes of effort and we were able to see that result today and pull out a 1-0 win," senior captain Sammy Towne said. "Every single person that came onto the field today gave a great effort; defense, offense, we all fought to the end."
The win was Auburn's second over a top-10 team this season as it previously defeated then-No. 5 Florida State, 3-2, in overtime on Sept 3.
Auburn's last win over Florida came in the 2005 SEC Tournament in Orange Beach while its' last regular-season win was in 2004, a 1-0 win in Auburn.
Auburn's next matches will take place on the road as it travels to Vanderbilt and Kentucky. The match in Nashville kicks off at 7pm CT on Friday, Oct. 15, while the match in Lexington begins at noon on Sunday, Oct. 17.