Casie Ramsier (above) scored the game-winning goal on her senior night.
Auburn, Ala.--Looking to improve their seeding for the SEC and NCAA women’s soccer tournaments, the Auburn Tigers head into the postseason with momentum after scoring a 3-1 home victory over Tennessee.
With the win the Tigers became the No. 2 seed for the league tournament. Auburn will play at noon on Wednesday in Orange Beach, Ala., vs. the winner of No. 7 seed Tennessee vs. No. 10 seed Ole Miss. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.
Going into the final week of the regular season the Tigers were on a seven-match winning streak, but fell 2-1 at Texas A&M despite putting 25 shots on goal to just nine for the Aggies.
“Losing to Texas A&M we dropped a little bit in the RPI so every win really counts at this time of year,” Coach Karen Hoppa told Inside the Auburn Tigers.
“Hopefully, we put ourselves, from an NCAA Tournament standpoint, in the Top 10. That is the goal. The win put us in a great position for the SEC Tournament to be the No. 2 seed.”
Against Tennessee on Thursday night the Tigers put 21 shots on goal to just three for the Vols, but the game was tied 1-1 late in the contest with the home team just missing goals on numerous occasions.
“I was so happy with our girls because they stayed with it,” Hoppa said. “We didn’t always make the best decisions in the final third, but we stayed with what we were trying to do and then Casie (senior Casie Ramsier) showed a great bit of class in the 80th minute for the game winner and then Bri (freshman Bri Folds) matched her with another goal four minutes later. I am really happy with how we closed out the game.”
Hoppa said she believes the Tigers are taking momentum into postseason play. Last year the Tigers made their best run ever in the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the Sweet 16 round.
“We played great against Texas A&M and just didn’t get the result we wanted,” she said. “Soccer goes that way sometimes. For us to be able to rebound and respond the way we did was very important. I?loved the way our team responded after giving up the first goal, tying it before halftime and getting a 3-1 win on Senior Night. I am very pleased.
“Our regular season is over--now it is all about postseason play,” the Auburn coach added.