Tigers fall to Arkansas in SEC Tournament Semifinals
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (auburntigers.com) – The Auburn soccer team dropped a 3-1 decision to Arkansas in the SEC Tournament Semifinals on Friday night. The Tigers (14-6-0) filled out the score sheet in the second half with a goal from Casie Ramsier.
“We’re really disappointed,” said head coach Karen Hoppa. “I thought we could have played better in the first half, which would have solved a lot of things. It’s a really disappointing way to go out. I think this is one of the best teams in the country. We’re just going to have to regroup and get ready for the NCAA Tournament.”
Sarah Le Beau matched a season-high with seven saves, while Kristen Dodson and Casie Ramsier led the way up front with three shots apiece in the 90-minute affair.
Arkansas (17-4-0) opened the scoring just five minutes into the match when a rebound was tapped in across the line.
Despite tallying four corner kicks, the Tigers trailed heading into intermission, 1-0.
Thirty-eight seconds into the second half, Auburn found its equalizer. Casie Ramsier took a feed from Bri Folds and Brooke Ramsier, held off a defender and laced a shot across the face of goal and into the side netting to knot the match up at 1-1.
The goal was the Dallas, Texas native’s fourth of the tournament, setting a new program record for goals and points (eight) in the league tournament.
Casie Ramsier’s second-half equalizer was also the quickest goal scored in the second half (46:38) in SEC tournament program history, besting Michelle Mione’s previous mark of 46:54 against Ole Miss in 2001.
The game then swung in momentum as Auburn was issued a red card in the 67th minute, limiting the Tigers to 10 players for the remainder of the match.
Auburn was able to flash a pair of chances on frame in the coming minutes, but Arkansas added two goals to its tally in the final 23 minutes to take the result, 3-1.
The Tigers, sitting at No. 11 in the country, will await their fate for the NCAA Tournament. The selection show is scheduled for Monday at 4:30 p.m.