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The Auburn Soccer Tigers Advance to NCAA Tournament Sweet 16

Auburn made school history on Friday with an overtime victory in the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament.

Tallahassee, Fla.--The Auburn women’s soccer team advanced to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament with a 3-2 overtime victory over Texas Tech on Friday.

The Tigers advance to a noon CST match on Sunday vs. No. 1 ranked Florida State, the defending national champions.

Senior Logan Beal scored the winning goal on a rebound of a shot by All-SEC junior Casie Ramsier to give the Tigers a win and avenge a loss to the Raiders in last year’s NCAA Tournament round of 32. 

“What an exciting game,” said Auburn coach Karen Hoppa, whose team picked up its fourth overtime victory of the season.

“Texas Tech is a great team and they did a good job of battling back twice,” Hoppa said. “We created a ton of chances and I thought we left a few on the table in regulation, but,this team has done what it has done all year. We’ve shown the character and the heart and this team’s toughness and adversity has come out all year long. They stepped up to the challenge today.”

The Tigers improved their record to 16-5-1 and set a school record for victories. The Red Raiders finished their season with a 14-4-4 record.

Auburn scored first 14 minutes into the opening half on freshman Taylor Troutman’s fourth goal of the season. The game was 1-1 at halftime after a penalty kick by Janine Beckie, who also tied the game at 2-2 in the second half after sophomore Hannah Alspach scored her second goal of the season for Auburn. 

The Tigers scored the game winner in sudden death, almost 10 minutes into the extra period. “I just saw the ball coming outside from Casie,” Beal said. “I was just trying to move and shake off the defender. I just wanted to get anywhere I could to get the rebound and get a touch on the ball. I just wanted to create chaos and lucky to have it go in.”

The victory was the 200th at Auburn for Hoppa, whose team will take on an FSU team that has a record of 16-2-4 after defeating South Alabama 5-0 to set up the match vs. the Tigers.

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