Auburn, Ala. (EETV) - The Auburn Tigers hosted the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles at the Auburn Soccer Complex in the third game of their four-match homestand. The Tigers fell to the Golden Eagles with a final score of 2-0, ending their two-game winning streak and bringing them their first loss at home this season.
Southern Miss gained the lead late in the first half when Hailey Pohevitz scored off an assist by teammate Kaitlin Pierce.
In the second half, Auburn attempted to overcome the 1-0 deficit by firing off eight shots. However, the Tigers fell short and Southern Miss doubled their score in the last minute when Ariel Diaz made a breakaway goal.
On the Tiger offense, senior midfielder Bri Folds led the team with four shots. Silvana Poulter and M.E. Craven each contributed three shots, and Sydney Richards had two. Despite Auburn outshooting Southern Miss 15-6 with five shots on goal, the Tigers were still shut out by the Golden Eagles.
“I thought we could do a lot better and I felt we were lacking in both our total effort out of the whole 90 minutes and our execution and both need to be better,” head coach Karen Hoppa said.
“The good thing is we can be better and we certainly had the opportunities. We need to be better executing our game plan and we need to be better with the total 90 minute effort.”
With the loss, the Tigers move to 3-3 this season. Their next game will be played against the Samford Bulldogs Sunday at 6 p.m. at the Auburn Soccer Complex.