By Tommy DiCostanzo
Special to TideSports
One streak was ended and another extended Sunday afternoon as the Alabama soccer team lost to the Auburn Tigers in overtime, 3-2. The Tide’s unbeaten streak ends at six games while their winless streak against the Tigers extends to eight seasons.
Sidney Richards scored in the 108th minute to deliver Auburn’s game winner. Richards’ goal came after a flurry of scoring chances for the Tide, which dominated possession of the ball throughout the game.
“That’s soccer,” said Alabama coach Wes Hart. “I’ve been around long enough to know that possession doesn’t matter, shots don’t matter. At the end of the day, you gotta finish your chances. Credit to them, they didn’t have many, but they put them on goal and gave themselves a chance.”
Alabama controlled the ball for most of the first half, but Auburn’s Hailey Whitaker opened the scoring in the 32nd minute with a strike just out of reach for Bama goalkeeper A.J. Crooks.
The Tigers had a one goal lead at halftime despite being outshot 11-4.
The Tide evened the score in the 59th minute when a Casey Wertz pass freed up Carlee Giamonna for a shot that went bar-down for a goal.
Less than two minutes later, Auburn regained the lead on a goal by Rocio Sanders. Her shot from the edge of the box hit the post and the back of Crooks before it found the back of the net.
In the 69th minute, Alabama tied the game again thanks to freshman Carly Wyatt’s goal assisted by Nealy Martin and Giammona. Wyatt received a pass in the box and didn’t hesitate, one-timing the ball into the bottom left corner.
The Tide outshot the Tigers 29-10 and held an 11-0 advantage in corners. Alabama leads the SEC with 141 corner kicks earned in 17 games played.
Alabama will conclude its regular season Thursday at 7 p.m. with a home game against Vanderbilt. Senior players will be honored with a pregame presentation. The SEC soccer tournament begins Nov. 3 in Orange Beach. The Tide sits at fifth in the conference.