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Auburn vs Ole Miss
Sep 25, 2022; Auburn, Al, USA; Carly Thatcher (7) takes a shot on goal during the game between Auburn and Ole Miss at Auburn Soccer Complex. Grayson Belanger/AU Athletics

Auburn Soccer fails to take down Ole Miss in SEC home opener

AUBURN, Ala.(EETV)- Despite taking more shots and corner than the Rebels, Auburn could not find the net in their 1-0 loss against Ole Miss.

The Tiger offense placed five of 12 total shots on target, with sophomore Carly Thatcher and junior Abby Haddock each responsible for three a piece.

The sole goal of the game came from the Rebs in the 57th minute from Mary Kate McGuire.

“It was definitely heart-breaking,” Tigers head coach Karen Hoppa said. “I thought we played really well, created some great chances. Credit to Ole Miss, they defended well. They snuck one in, and their keeper made some unbelievable saves. For us, we know we played well, we just didn’t get the result we wanted. We’ve got to keep our heads up and focus on the next one.” 

The Tigers prime opportunity for score was in the 35th minute in a cross from Marissa Arias to Thatcher. Thatcher fired a shot from the back right corner of the penalty box, but the Rebels goal keeper swiftly jumped to deflect it.

Although she let in one goal, goal keeper Maddie Prohaska, was almost perfect earning three saves on four on-target shots from the Rebels. Prohaska made a critical save in the 16th minute, diving backward in a cluster of players to grasp the ball before it crossed the goal line.

Auburn is scheduled hosts Vanderbilt September 30 at 6:30 PM, and the Tigers will welcome back former members of the soccer program for, "Alumni Night."