Auburn, Ala. (EETV) - The Auburn Tigers hosted the South Carolina Gamecocks at the Auburn Soccer Complex for Senior Night in their last game of the regular season. Despite the Tigers falling to the Gamecocks with a final score of 2-0, Auburn will still be advancing to the SEC tournament.
For the first 25 minutes, Auburn’s defense held South Carolina. Towards the end of the first half, the Gamecocks scored back-to-back goals, bringing their lead to 2-0.
During the second half of the game, the Tiger defense shut down the Gamecocks as the match ended with a final score of 2-0. The Tiger’s offense was unable to overcome the two-point deficit that South Carolina had established in the first half.
“We played a great second half. I felt we really defended well,” head coach Karen Hoppa said. “We created a lot of opportunities. It’s the story of our season. We didn’t finish our chances, and that’s something we need to build on.”
“We played toe-to-toe with the number eight team in the country, and we’re going to build on that. We’re excited to be going to Orange Beach again.”
Auburn entered the matchup ranked ninth in their conference, hoping to advance to the SEC Tournament for the 19th straight season, dating back to 2001. With Tennessee’s loss to Arkansas earlier in the night, the Tigers remain ranked in the top 10 of the SEC and will begin tournament play this weekend.
The SEC tournament will take place in Orange Beach, Alabama starting this Sunday, November 3.