April 17, 2012
Auburn soccer suffered a disappointing 4-0 loss to Clemson on Sunday afternoon to complete their 2012 Spring season. Scoreless through the first half, neither Auburn nor Clemson were unable to put away their chances. Clemson did a very good job of defending the Auburn possession style of play, while also eventually finding their way into the attack as well.
Clemson caught its first break four minutes into the second half. On an Auburn turnover, Clemson's Liska Dobberstein was played the ball as she made a slanted run through the box. She took a touch and put the ball away into the open net at 40:57.
Clemson's next goal came from Dobberstein again at 29:30. Auburn's Tess Patton looked to clear a ball played over the top, but it took an unlucky bounce and Dobberstein was quick to follow up with a convincing shot into the upper right corner.
At 20:50, the Clemson scored its third goal off of a corner. The ball dropped into the six yard box, and while Auburn attempted to clear, the ball pinged back and forth and once again found the back of the net for Clemson.
To seal the deal, Tabitha Padgett scored Clemson's final goal with 1:37 left in the game. A driven cross found Padgett, and she one-time headed the ball nicely toward the far post to put Clemson up 4-0.
While Auburn had its fair share of chances, it had a difficult time scoring on Sunday.
Battling injuries throughout this Spring, Auburn aims to be healthy and ready to defend their SEC Tournament title come August. Although Auburn would have hoped to finish the Spring off with a "W", it is pleased to conclude their competitive Spring season with a winning record of 4-2. Auburn was able to see some of their rising stars blossom, and enjoyed trying new strategies this spring.