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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Oct 31, 2008

Auburn 4-0 Alabama: Auburn wins Iron Bowl

Auburn claimed a share of its sixth Southeastern Conference West Division Crown with a 4-0 win over rival Alabama at the Auburn Soccer Complex. Auburn won its fourth straight match to end the regular season 11-7-2, 7-3-1 SEC. The win also gave Auburn the Iron Bowl of Soccer Trophy for the third straight season.

Auburn took the lead when Jenni Prescott fired in from 40 yards out after 21 minutes.

Seniors played a big role in Auburn's 40th win in the last four seasons as goalkeeper Allison Whitworth made eight saves to record her 21st career shutout; Kara Kasten scored a goal to move her into a tie for ninth on Auburn's career goals list; Jenn Johnson played an entire game on the backline for the 19th time this season; and Kori Hoelsher logged 32 minutes off the bench, the fourth-most playing time she has seen this season.

"The first half wasn't our best soccer as Alabama did a great job of disrupting what we were trying to do. Our girls did a good job of finding some early looks and making our own luck by continuing to press," said Auburn coach Karen Hoppa.

Kara Kasten added to the lead to make it 2-0 in the 38th minute after converting a cross from Rebecca Howell. Stephanie Fransoso and Howell also scored as Auburn cruised to a win. Senior goalkeeper Allison Whitworth made eight saves to record her 21st career shutout.

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