The Auburn soccer team suffered its third defeat of the season, falling 2-0 to William & Mary on Sunday afternoon at the Auburn Soccer Complex. The loss evened Auburn’s record at 3-3-0 while William & Mary improved to 3-2-0.
William & Mary took advantage of an Auburn foul at the top of the box to take a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute. Playing a physical style of defense, Auburn, which was whistled for 12 fouls on the afternoon, was called for the penalty just inside the 18. The whistle allowed Mallory Schaffer to take a penalty kick, the first allowed by Auburn this season and the first taken by William & Mary, which she buried for her fourth goal of the season.
“We made about three dumb mistakes in the penalty area and it was our own fault,” Auburn Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. “It was the right call and William & Mary buried it. We dug ourselves holes again. We made too many mistakes. It has been the story of our season so far. All of our losses are because of our own mistakes.”
William & Mary extended the lead to 2-0 in the 57th minute when Cortlyn Bristol slotted a pass to Dani Rutter just inside the 18. Rutter took one touch before blasting one past Auburn goalkeeper Amy Howard for her second goal of the season.
Auburn was held to nine shots on the afternoon and could only force William & Mary goalkeeper Caroline Casey into one save, it a shoulder block off of an Alexa Allen shot midway through the second half.
Auburn’s defense surrendered just six shots, but four were put on frame as Howard surrendered two goals and made two saves.
Auburn returns to the field for its final non-conference match of the season on Saturday against Texas Tech. Kickoff is set for 7pm and admission is free.
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