Oct. 1, 2015
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama soccer team was defeated by the visiting Auburn Tigers by a final score of 2-1 in double overtime on Thursday night at the Alabama Soccer Complex. Auburn freshman Taylor Troutman scored tonight’s game-winner in the 103rd minute to hand the Tide its first overtime loss of the 2015 season. With the loss, Alabama falls to 4-7-2, including a 1-4 mark in Southeastern Conference play.
“It’s hard to describe how I’m feeling tonight,” said Alabama head coach Wes Hart. “I’m gutted that we lost the game, but extremely pleased that we found a way to fight back after conceding a goal just minutes into the match. We had the number eight team in the country on their heels tonight.”
Auburn (11-1-0, 4-1) scored the game’s first goal just over one minute into the contest, as senior Kayla Faulkner staked the Tigers to an early 1-0 lead. Faulkner recovered a deflected corner in front of the Alabama goal and fired home her second score of the season.
The game would remain 1-0 until Alabama freshman Tori Gann scored her first career goal at the 64:10 mark to even the score at 1-1. Gann scooped up a deflected cross from junior Celia Jimenez and took advantage of a one-on-one with the Auburn goalkeeper to convert the equalizer.
“Tori has been providing a spark off the bench for us all season,” Hart said. “I’m very happy that she was finally rewarded for her efforts with a goal, and what a big goal it was.”
After a scoreless first overtime period, Auburn freshman Taylor Troutman headed home a long cross from Hannah Alspach in the 103rd minute to send the Tigers to their fifth-straight victory.
“Credit to Auburn,” added Hart. “They have been finding ways to win close games all season and they did it again tonight. This is the sixth time this season we’ve lost by just one goal. We have a young team, but I think we have shown that we can compete with anyone in the country.”
Following tonight’s match, the Tide will be idle over the weekend for the first time this season. Alabama’s next match is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 9 in College Station, Texas, as the Crimson Tide will square off against conference-rival No. 16 Texas A&M. The match between the Tide and Aggies is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on SECN+.
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