Nov. 1, 2006
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. -
Tennessee scored two goals off of set pieces and found a way to break down the Auburn defense for another three as the No. 3 seeded Volunteers defeated No. 6 seeded Auburn, 5-2, in the first round of the 2006 SEC Soccer Tournament at the Orange Beach Soccer Complex on Wednesday afternoon. The Tigers finish the season at 11-5-3 and will await the NCAA Tournament selection show on Monday afternoon to see if they will receive their fifth NCAA Tournament invitation in program history.
"Tennessee was hungry and they were excellent on their set pieces and long throws and those were the kind of things that just killed us in the end," AU Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. "Tennessee was clinical on their finishing and we were not and that was the difference in the game."
Tennessee (11-5-3) had taken a 2-0 lead 35 minutes into the game as Mick Imgram scored from 40-yards out at the 26:10 mark and then set up Kristen Doukakis' second goal of the season off of a Tennessee corner at the 35:17 mark.
Auburn's narrowed the gap to 2-1 when freshman Jenni Prescott scored from 25 yards out off of a feed from Caitlin King just two minutes after UT had scored its second goal. Prescott fired high to the left side of the net after taking the cross from King, who was deep inside of Lady Vol territory. Jenn Johnson had started the play as she controlled a ball on the near sideline and found King, who after a few dribbles found an open lane to Prescott.
Tennessee upped its lead to 3-1 in the 64th minute when SEC Offensive Player of the Year Kylee Rossi flicked in a goal from the top of the six-yard box off of a pass from Doukakis, who headed Imgram's corner to the awaiting Rossi. Rossi then made it 4-1 Tennessee in the 71st minute as she beat AU goalkeeper Allison Whitworth and walked in her second goal of the half.
AU's Kara Kasten collected her third goal of the season in the 81st minute off of a scramble in front to get the final goal of the afternoon for the Tigers.
UT's Doukakis scored her second goal of the game with just 14 seconds left for the final margin.
Auburn sophomore goalkeeper Allison Whitworth collected five saves on the afternoon to give her 100 on the season, giving her the fourth 100-save season in Auburn history.
The Tigers will now put their fate in the hands of the NCAA Tournament committee. The selection show will air sometime between 2 and 3 p.m. CT on ESPNews on Monday afternoon.
"It will be a tough wait. I'd like to think that we have done enough. We have five quality wins, a great strength of schedule and the league has been outstanding. I will be really disappointed if anything less than six teams from the SEC make the NCAA Tournament," Hoppa said.