Alabama’s Soccer Team Wins Iron Bowl and Goes Undefeated in SEC Play
- Alabama’s soccer season ended as suddenly as it began. Auburn is the final opponent. Perfect Alabama Soccer. Wes Hart and the No. 3 Crimson Tide finish the regular season 10-0 after beating Auburn 1-0.
- Alabama is only the third program to do it since 1995, joining Florida and South Carolina.
- Wes Hart said postgame, “I can’t articulate how I feel.” “I’m proud of what the squad accomplished this year. From the non-conference schedule through the SECs, we passed with flying colors.”
- Both Auburn’s Hannah Waesch and Alabama’s Felicia Knox were yellow-carded for hard play during the contest, which featured many shots on goal. The Tigers tried to stretch the defense with sideline passes and runs leading to box crosses.
- Riley Mattingly Parker, Alabama’s leading goal scorer, did not play. Riley Tanner headed in Kat Rogers’ cross in the 87th minute to put Alabama ahead 1-0.
- “We knew Auburn’s defense was difficult,” Hart said. They don’t expose themselves much, keeping numbers low.
- “We knew they’d be hard to break. It was excellent to play a game like this before the SEC and NCAA Tournaments, where we’ll face similar teams. It showed me we can’t be stopped; we have so many weapons and can win games in so many ways.
- Alabama supporters are always delighted with a win, but many in Tuscaloosa are happy Auburn lost since the Tigers needed to win to make the SEC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament.
- Hart was delighted about the trophies the Tide had earned in recent weeks: the SEC West title, the conference regular season crown, and now the Iron Bowl.
- The SEC Soccer Tournament starts Sunday, but Alabama won’t play until Tuesday against the winner of Texas A&M and Mississippi State. All matches will be played in Pensacola, Florida, and broadcast on SEC Network.
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