Auburn soccer is on a roll. This past weekend, the 13th-ranked Tigers won two straight games against SEC opponents. Friday, Auburn won on a thrilling goal in double overtime to defeat LSU and Sunday the team came up big again in the final 30 seconds of regulation to defeat 9th-ranked Florida.
Senior forward Logan Beal from Plano, Texas took the time to answer a few questions about life as a student athlete and all things Auburn.
Auburn Soccer is currently ranked #14 in the nation. What is it about this team that seems to work so well together?
I think it starts with the chemistry off the field. We all really get along, and we love to be around each other and have fun. When you have chemistry like that, it just ends up translating on the field.
Having been on the team for nearly 4 years now, how does your role change now being a senior?
My role has changed a lot over the years. Now, I really pride myself on being a leader on and off the field, and giving guidance to the younger girls. I just try to support my team in every way possible.
What’s your biggest strength on the field?
My biggest strength on the field would probably be holding the ball up back to goal. Being a forward, it’s very important for us to keep possession of the ball. When facing back to goal is when you lose it the most, and that’s where I really try to hold it and look for a pass to my teammates.
Where is your favorite place you’ve played and why?
My freshman year for NCAAs we went to Utah to play against BYU. I loved it there. It was very cold, but playing surrounded by snow covered mountains was the coolest experience.
What’s the biggest challenge of being a student athlete at Auburn?
Time management. It’s very hard to come home from practicing for three hours and then go do homework and study, especially when all you want to do is sleep. You really have to find time in your schedule and plan accordingly to get everything done which can sometimes be difficult.
What is your favorite Auburn tradition and why?
I love a lot of Auburn traditions, but I’d have to say rolling Toomer’s corner after games. I just think it’s so amazing how the whole town comes together and shows their support for a team.
What is something you wish you could’ve known your freshman year?
I wish I would’ve listened when people said it goes by quickly, and to cherish your time. It really has gone by so fast, and know I’m wishing I could go back to freshman year!
My major is exercise science. After I graduate I plan on going to Physician Assistant school. My dream job would be working as a PA back home in Dallas.
Who is your favorite Auburn athlete of all time and why?
Bo Jackson. I think he is such an incredible athlete and I admire him a lot. After getting the chance to meet him I was blown away by how genuinely nice he was, so that was very cool.
What’s been your favorite memory at Auburn so far?
It would definitely have to be the 2013 Iron Bowl. That was the craziest football game I’ve ever been to, and such an amazing Auburn experience I’ll never forget!