Auburn holds off No. 1 Texas A&M in tiebreak win
AUBURN, Ala. (auburntigers.com) – For the third time in four years, it all came down to the tiebreak score between the No. 2 Auburn equestrian team and No. 1 Texas A&M. And for the third time, the Tigers pulled out a victory in the 9-9 meet vs. the Aggies, capturing a 1594-1501.5 victory Saturday at the Auburn University Horse Center.
“It’s always good to get a win and we’ll always be happy when we can pull one out when it’s close,” head coach Greg Williams said. “However, we made mistakes that we shouldn’t be making. Texas A&M rode very well, but we have to clean things up from our end.”
Seniors Hannah Stephens and Ashley Foster picked up Most Outstanding Performer honors, coming in Horsemanship and Equitation Over Fences, respectively.
“Hannah (Stephens) had a great ride on a horse that was being tough today and I’m really proud of what she pulled off on that horse,” Williams said. “Ashley (Foster) knocked it out from start to finish and we really love the ride she had.”
Horsemanship put together a solid showing against the Aggies, going 4-1 on the day. Stephens was the high scorer, having 75.5 points in her MOP victory over Rachel Lucht. Sophomore Lauren Diaz followed with a 74-71.5 win, while freshman Kara Kaufmann remained undefeated on the year with a 72.5-70.5 win vs. Kaci Fisher. Sophomore Megan Rauh picked up Auburn’s fourth point in the event as she defeated Sarah Orsak, 73-63.5.
A pair of Tigers in Foster and sophomore Caitlin Boyle put two points on the board for Auburn in Equitation Over Fences. Foster’s 85-83 win gave her MOP honors and kept her undefeated in the discipline. Boyle topped Kai DeVoglaer, 84-75, and Auburn went into intermission with a 6-4 lead.
It was a tight contest in Equitation on the Flat as Auburn came away with a 2-1 win in the event. Senior Tory Hoft earned her third win of the year, topping Alex Desiderio, 82-78. Sophomore Hayley Iannotti was the high scorer in the event, having 89 points in her win. Boyle and Foster came away with a pair of ties in their matches.
With Reining remaining, Auburn held a slim 8-5 advantage. The Aggies took four points in tightly contested matches, while junior Alexa Rivard gave Auburn its ninth point of the day with a 68.5-59 victory over Sarah McEntire.
Auburn continues its homestand and hosts Alabama in an exhibition meet, Oct. 21, at 3 p.m. CT. The Tigers and the Tide will face off at the Auburn University Horse Center with only the Hunt Seat student-athletes competing.