Tide Soccer Wins Its Iron Bowl
Winning an Iron Bowl, no matter the sport, never gets old. Thanks to Felicia Knox coming up big, the Alabama soccer team did just that Thursday night.
A goal in the 86th minute from Knox propelled No. 19 Alabama (8-2-4, 2-2-1 SEC) to a 2-1 victory over Auburn (8-2-4, 2-2-1 SEC) , and the win marked the fourth consecutive year Alabama has won the Iron Bowl of Soccer. Also, the Crimson Tide of Coach Wes Hart extended its home unbeaten streak to 27 games.
Nadia Ramadan netted the first goal of the game in the ninth minute. However, Auburn’s Dylan Driver scored the equalizer just before the two teams broke for halftime. Knox would find the game-winning goal in the 86th minute to lead the Tide to victory.
Said a happy Hart: “Super proud of the team for the fight and character they showed. We had a great start to the game. Nadia scored a brilliant goal. Then towards the end of the half, we let it slip away and gave up the equalizer before half. I liked how we came out in the second half and credit Auburn too. They came out tough. It was back-and-forth and both teams had some good looks. Ultimately, we got one at the end with a big-time strike by one of the top midfielders in the country. So, all in all I couldn't be more pleased.”
Ramadan opened the scoring in the ninth minute, but Auburn later tied the game.
Then, in the 86th minute, Sydney Japic played a ball back to Bella Scaturro Bright, who found Knox 18-yards out. Knox turned and fired the ball into the lower right corner of the net for the game-winner.
Bama led the game in shots, 14-6, shots on goal, 10-3, and corner kicks, 4-1. The Tide forced a season-high eight saves from Auburn’s Maddie Prohaska, as Dylan Pixton tallied two in net to help the Tide secure the win.
Up next, Bama head to College Station, Texas, to take on Texas A&M Sunday, a day after the Tide football team faces the Aggines on the same campus. The game will kick off on SEC Network+ at 6 p.m. CT.
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