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Aug 21, 2022; Auburn, AL, USA;  Brooke Berdan (5) celebrates goal during the game between Auburn and Southern Miss at Auburn Soccer Complex.  Grayson Belanger/AU Athletics
Aug 21, 2022; Auburn, AL, USA; Brooke Berdan (5) celebrates goal during the game between Auburn and Southern Miss at Auburn Soccer Complex. Grayson Belanger/AU Athletics

Shots Aplenty in Draw to West Virginia

Despite not earning the result after regulation, the Tigers would conclude tonight’s contest in a 0-0 draw. After the NCAA implemented the new rule of a no over-time regular season, the Tigers have now finished their last three consecutive matches in a draw. 

Auburn would outshoot West Virginia tonight 13 to four including seven on net, led by Junior midfielder Anna Haddock with five of her own. On the other side, the Mountaineers were held to zero shots on goal providing only one necessary save by Tiger keeper Maddie Prohaska who pitches her fourth shutout in five matches this season.

In the first half of play, Auburn held West Virginia to one shot and attempted six of their own. In seasons past, the first and last five minutes of a half are where the Tigers struggled to attack and defend. In the third minute, Haddock would change that script ripping off her first of the night saved by Mountaineer keeper Kayza Massey recording her third shutout of the season.

The match was physical to say the least giving the crowd something to cheer for with a combine 12 fouls and a yellow card on West Virginia’s Julianne Vallerand in the 75th minute. Auburn’s last attempt on net was taken by sophomore Carly Thatcher that missed high in the 83rd minute. 

Despite resulting in another draw, the #11 Auburn Tigers (2-0-3) are still without a loss in 2022. After the game, head coach Karen Hoppa was pleased with the performance from her team.

“I thought we played miles better than we did at Wake Forest, our offense was really clicking we created a ton of opportunities,” Hoppa said.

On Sunday, Auburn welcomes in unranked Army for Military Appreciation Day at the Auburn Soccer Complex. Griggs Blankenburg and Carson Way will be on the call starting at 11:50 a.m. CT. 

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