AUBURN, Ala. - The Alabama women's soccer team got back in the win column on Friday night with a 1-0 shutout victory over No. 15 Auburn at the Auburn soccer complex. The Crimson Tide improved to 2-4-2 on the season, while the Tigers dropped to 3-2-2 in the regular fall season finale.
Felicia Knox provided the only offense of the contest in the first half when she laced a shot from Riley Mattingly in the 36th minute to give Alabama a 1-0 advantage, that it would not relinquish. The goal was the second of the rookie forward's career.
Goalkeeper McKinley Crone and the Crimson Tide defense suffocated the Tiger's offense and held its opponent scoreless, posting its first shutout of the season. Despite leading the Tigers by a lone-goal margin at halftime, Auburn outshot Alabama 12-7 in the match. Crone collected three crucial timely saves on the night
"So incredibly proud of our team tonight. We grinded out a big win against a very good Auburn team and needed this win. We played well in several games this season, but weren't quite able to close out. Tonight, we did it right, great way to head into the SEC Tournament."
- Head Coach Wes Hart
Behind the Win
- With the win, Alabama secured its first victory at Auburn since 1998.
- The Crimson Tide also earned its first back-to-back victory over the cross-state rival since 1999.
- Last season, Alabama defeated the Tigers in overtime, 2-1, in the First Round of the SEC Tournament recording the first win against Auburn since 2011.
- Tonight's shutout victory over No. 15 Auburn marks Alabama's sixth victory against a ranked SEC opponent and only the second while on the road.
- In the winning effort, Mattingly fired off a team-high three shots on the Plains.
The Crimson Tide will wait to find out its seed in the SEC Tournament in Orange Beach, Ala.