Sept. 24, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. -
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Auburn allowed a goal during the 76th minute of play but could not dent the net on the other end of the field as the No. 13 Tigers fell to South Carolina, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon at the AU Soccer Complex.
"We had our chances and we just couldn't put it away," AU Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. "We made one mistake and South Carolina capitalized on it. They defend very well and you have to give them credit for shutting down our attack."
Felicia Schroeder broke the scoreless tie when Samantha DiazMatosas split the AU defense and hit a streaking Schroeder, who beat Allison Whitworth one-on-one from eight yards out.
The Tigers recorded 15 shots on the day to South Carolina's seven, but could not get the equalizer past USC's Laura Armstrong, who made four saves on the day.
Auburn's best chance came with just over 21 minutes left in the game as Jenn Johnson took a ball at the top of the 18 and dribbled towards the middle of the field, firing a bending shot towards the far corner that forced Armstrong to make a diving save to her right.
The loss dropped Auburn to 6-3-0, 0-2-0 SEC while South Carolina moved to 8-3-0, 2-0-0 SEC.
The Tigers hit the road for the first time in conference play next week, heading to Kentucky for a 6:30 p.m. CT contest on Friday and then traveling to Vanderbilt for a 2 p.m. match on Sunday.