No. 11 Auburn Defeats Alabama 2-1 to Conclude Regular Season
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October 31, 2003
TUSCALOOSA - Auburn concluded the regular season here Friday night with a 2-1 win over Alabama becoming the No. 2 seed heading into the upcoming SEC Tournament. The Tigers end the regular season with a 13-2-3 record overall and 6-1-2 in conference play.
"It is always a nerve-racking game when Auburn plays Alabama," head coach Karen Hoppa said. "Alabama played a great game. This is such a great rivalry and they battle with all they have."
Although the Tigers dominated offensively in the first half outshooting the Crimson Tide 12-to-2, the score was tied at 1-1 after 45 minutes of play. With 30 minutes remaining in the first half, Auburn had four solid scoring chances with the shots coming within one minute, one of which hit the post.
Auburn took the 1-0 advantage as Jenn Walters dug out a ball deep in Alabama territory and found Lindsay Giblin in the middle. Giblin took a shot from 10 yards out and hit the crossbar, the ball bounced in past Alabama goalkeeper Laura Lowman at 29:35.
"Lindsay has really stepped up this season and scored when we really needed her to tonight," Hoppa said.
Alabama evened up the score at 1-1 off a grounded corner kick at 38:03. The loose ball was punched around a few times before the Crimson Tide's Libby Probst scored from about a yard outside the goal line.
The Tigers again took the lead with just 11:39 remaining the contest. This time, it was off an Auburn corner kick as Sarah Steinmann sent the ball in from the right corner. Senior defender Erin Hinson found the ball in the midst of the pile and sent the shot in from two yards out to take the lead.
"I was determined to find the ball and get it in the net," Hinson said. "I wanted to score so bad. I can't believe it. This was awesome."
At the conclusion of the game, a new tradition was started as a Iron Bowl trophy was handed out to the Tigers, as winners of the game.
The Tigers will now await the conclusion of the South Carolina vs. Florida game to be held Saturday to determine their opponent in the first round of the SEC Tournament. Tournament play will begin Thursday, Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. CDT at Orange Beach, Ala. for the Tigers.