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Auburn Soccer Falls to Florida In Shootout

Taylor Troutman (17)
Auburn Soccer vs Ole Miss on Sunday, September, 23, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. 
Cat Wofford/Photographer
Taylor Troutman (17) Auburn Soccer vs Ole Miss on Sunday, September, 23, 2018, in Auburn, Ala. Cat Wofford/Photographer

It took overtime and penalty kicks, but at the end of the game Florida bested the Auburn Tigers.

On Sunday night, Auburn took on the Florida Gators in the opening round of the SEC Women's soccer tournament. Auburn made it into the tournament as the ninth seed after defeating Alabama a few days prior. 

Florida drew first blood when Madison Alexander scored the game's first goal in the twentieth minute. Alexander's quick goal was a tone-setter for the Gators early in this contest. 

Early in the second half, Florida would have to play with only 10 players the rest of the game, due to Sarah Troccoli getting a red card in the fifty-seventh minute.

After going into the half down 1-0, Auburn came back out with some resilient play. Angeline Daly assisted on Auburn's first, and only goal of the contest. Taylor Troutman, the senior from Toms River, New Jersey, scored the goal in the seventy-fourth minute of the match up.

Neither team would score for the remainder of regulation which would send the game into overtime. as a result of both teams not scoring a goal in the first overtime, they would have to go into a second and final overtime where we remained tied at one.

In order to break this tie, both teams would prepare for penalty kicks in a shootout to determine the winner who would move on to play Vanderbilt in the next round of the tournament. 

Auburn would miss there first three shots of the shootout while the Gators made two of three. Auburn responded with a made shot in their fourth attempt and Sarah Le Beau getting a huge save in Florida's fourth attempt.

If Auburn wanted to move on in the tournament they would have to make their final shot in the shootout but Florida denied that opportunity and would win the match up after the Tigers came up short. 

Florida being the winner will move on to the second round of the SEC tournament where they would face the best team in the conference this year with Vanderbilt. 

Auburn will now have to wait until Nov. 9 to play in the first round of the NCAA tournament with their opponent who is still unnamed. 

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