AUBURN, ALA. (EETV) - Samford (16-3-2) completes the upset against four seeded Auburn (12-7-1) in Auburn Friday night, 2-0. With the loss, Auburn's season is over.
"We're certainly disappointed with the loss. It's not the way we wanted to send out our seniors," head coach Karen Hoppa said. "We're obviously very young, and I think there's a lot our team can learn from this. We're looking forward to next year already."
The Tigers dominated the first half, putting up seven shots and six corner kicks compared to Samford’s one shot and zero corner kicks.
The second half was an even affair, with both sides sharing possession and shots. Neither team could find their finishing touch for much of the match. It took 60 minutes before Samford's Mary Raymond found the finishing touch need to put samford ahead.
Fifteen minutes later, Samford doubled their lead with a goal from Taylor Yount and the Bulldogs bled the final 15 minutes out,
Sophomore midfielder Anna Haddock did everything she could to propel Auburn back into the game with seven shots and four shots on target. Haddock also did her part in the midfield, collecting loose balls and challenging opposing midfielders. The Bowling Green, Kentucky natives ability to dominate the midfield helped the Tigers collect 60 percent of the possession in the match.
The Bulldog goalkeeper, Morgan McAslan, was put to the test throughout the game, and her stellar performance kept Samford in the game. McAslan had four saves on the four Auburn shots on goal.
This marks the end of the 2021 season for Anna Haddock and the Tigers. Samford will go on to play the winner of Brown vs. St. John's (NY) next Friday, November 19th, in Durham, NC.