Auburn just couldn’t gain a foothold on Thursday against its biggest rival Alabama and lost 1-0 on Thursday.
From the first tap on the ball from kick-off, Alabama looked like the more energetic team.
The Tide held most of the game against No.19 Auburn, scoring a goal in the 82nd minute to defeat the Tigers 1-0 in both teams’ final game of the regular season.
“The bottom line we just haven’t played as well as we can play, “said Karen Hoppa, Auburn head coach. “A lot of that is thanks to Alabama. They played a great game. We looked a lot good but just couldn’t finish it or get it on the frame. We have to solve that before the tournament.”
Auburn was on that best way to get a bye in the Southeastern Conference Tournament with a win or a tie against the Tide. Rather, the Tigers had to resort to waiting for the other SEC games to end to figure out their post-defeat sowing. In the end, both Alabama and Auburn left the game with a bye in the first round and a break on Sunday.
The Tigers are fifth in the annual SEC tournament and will play in their first game against South Carolina, the 21.
“It’s huge,” said Hoppa. “I’m really proud that this team deserves this bye. It’s tremendous to put yourself in the best possible position to try and win the tournament.” Auburn goalkeeper Maddie Prohaska lasted so long she managed to get through a relentless attack from Alabama, rushing to save a surefire goal in the 11th.
Auburn pushed back in the second half and sent striker Sydney Richards to the left sideline for two scoring chances who just couldn’t find their way to the goal.
Anna Haddock led the offensive attack with four shots, Hannah Waesch followed her with three.
Late in the 78th minute, Auburn almost scored a decisive point, when a through pass from Haddock got to Marissa Arias at the near post, but her shot rolled, bounced off the post and went out for an Alabama goal kick.
Minutes later, the Alabama offense found a player who quite stood alone on the left wing and passed her through a through ball. Aislin Streicek advanced on defender Hailey Whitaker in the Prohaska penalty area and toe-tap past her defender on the sideline.
The striker played a ball on the ground into the front of Auburn’s goal, where Allie Berk waited , unmarked and unchallenged as she flicked the ball into the net to improve the tide 1-0 in the final minutes of the game. This was Berk’s second goal of the season.
Auburn had few chances to equalize but stayed empty and finally watched as his rival lifted the Iron Bowl trophy after the sound of summer.
After saying goodbye, Auburn now has four days to regroup before traveling to Orange Beach, Alabama. November at 7:30 p.m. against the No. 4 seeded South Carolina. CST.
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Larry is a junior journalism minor with sociology minor. He is from Enterprise, Alabama and is a sophomore at The Auburn Plainsman.
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