For fans in attendance for Auburn’s soccer match on Thursday, temperatures reached lows of 40 degrees — with a wind chill of 33. Seniors Kate Hart, Treva Aycock, Jessie Gerow and Bri Folds suited up for the last time in the orange and blue at home, and Auburn fell 2-0 to the Gamecocks of South Carolina.
The game was a defensive battle the whole way, with only six combined shots on goal. The Gamecocks did find a way to get the best of the Tigers late in the first half. Senior Elexa Bahr gave USC its first goal in the 24th minute and was followed quickly by a 30th minute goal by junior Anna Patten.
While Auburn might not have turned in a win, head coach Karren Hoppa was pleased with her squad’s display in the second half of the match.
“We played a great second half," Hoppa said. "We defended well and created a lot of great opportunities. We played toe-to-toe with the number eight team in the country and we’re going to build on that."
Hoppa acknowledged that there was work to be done ahead of the SEC Tournament, but also was able to share her thoughts and appreciation toward her seniors.
“Really proud of those four (seniors)," Hoppa said. "They’re incredible seniors; they’ve had great soccer careers. Now our goal is to go to Orange Beach and extend their season.”
The Tigers will take on in-state rival Alabama on Sunday in Orange Beach, Alabama, in the first round of the SEC Tournament. The game will be played at 1 p.m. CST.
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