Oct. 28, 2005
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
Auburn allowed three Alabama three first-half goals and the Tigers could not recover as Alabama scored three quick goals in the second half en route to a 6-3 victory on Friday night at the Alabama Soccer Complex. The Tigers finished the regular season 6-11-1, 5-6-0 SEC while the Crimson Tide moved to 8-8-2, 2-7-2 SEC.
"Certainly we are disappointed but we have to put this behind us and get ready for next week's (SEC) tournament," AU Head Coach Karen Hoppa said.
Libby Probst scored two first-half goals for Alabama, including the first of the game at the 11:06 mark as she headed in a deflection from inside the 6-yard box.
Jenny Zarzour knotted the game at 1-1 at the 18:46 mark as she and Courtney Crandell played a little give-and-go at the top of the 18-yard box. Zarzour started the play after taking the ball away from a Crimson Tide player and handed it off to Crandell, who was shielding a defender on her back at the top of the box. Crandell gave it right back to Zarzour, who took two dribbles and fired a shot into the middle of the net for her first goal of the season.
Probst responded to Zarzour's goal at the 34:56 mark as she fired in a shot from 12-yards out before Natalie Kohn scored her first of the season off of a header off of a corner kick for a 3-1 UA lead at intermission.
The three goals allowed in the first half was the most AU allowed in the first 45 minutes of play this season.
Fiser actually needed to make a couple of spectacular saves to keep the score what it was in the first, none more impressive than the dive to her left on a shot to the upper right-hand corner.
Kylie Boyd scored the game winner just 2:15 after intermission as she fired in an unassisted goal from 18-yards out.
After two more UA goals, Sara Power put in her first of the year as she bounded a goal in off of the left post at the 80:01 mark. Crandell then connected on a penalty kick at the 85:49 mark, making the final score.
The Tigers actually out-shot the Crimson Tide 22-15 in the game.
The six goals allowed by the Tigers was the most by an AU opponent six 20th-ranked Florida defeated AU 6-0 on Oct. 22, 2000.
The Tigers will next play on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. CT in the first round of the 2005 SEC Soccer Tournament, held at the Orange Beach Sports Complex. Auburn will face Florida, which defeated the Tigers 2-1 in Gainesville earlier this season.
Fans wishing to listen to the game can tune into WZMG 910 AM in the Auburn-Opelika area or on the internet at www.auburntigers.com.