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Auburn's Winning Streak Ends at the SEC Tournament

After winning four straight games, the Auburn Women's Soccer Team loses tonight to SEC West rival LSU.

The day started off like every other day at the beach with breakfast in our athletic trainer's room. After breakfast we watch film of Wednesday's game against Ole Miss. Watching film is a great tool used to prepare for upcoming games. It helps us to see what we do well and learn from our mistakes.

Some girls nap while others do homework. We eat lunch at 1 p.m., and our coach gives us the rest of the schedule for the day.

We meet up at the buses at 3 p.m., to depart for the fields.

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In the past couple of years LSU and Auburn have competed for the SEC West championship. This year LSU came out on top. Both teams are hardworking and possession oriented in their attacking style. It is always a close, hard fought game and tonight's was no different.

Coach Hoppa gives us a great warm up speech before we hit the fields to jog and stretch.

"We were all ready to play tonight," said sophomore midfielder Katy Frierson. "This game really means a lot to us."

The starting lineups are called over the loudspeaker, the national anthem is played and it's time for kick off.

The two teams go back and forth with scoring opportunities in the first half. We hit the locker rooms at half-time with the score tied at 0-0.

Our coach pumps us up with another speech. We know we have a chance to beat LSU, it just takes believing in ourselves and in one another.

The two teams continue to battle it out and get scoring opportunities, but LSU finds the net first. In the 68th minute LSU's Malorie Rutledge shoots the ball from 25 yards out past Auburn goalie Amy Howard.

"It was a great goal," said Frierson. "Our defense played extremely well all night. It's just unfortunate that they scored."

Auburn fights back and gets chances, but LSU's goalie makes two incredible saves to keep her team on top.

The game ends with a score of 1-0.

"I was proud of the way our team played tonight," said Frierson. "We played with heart and left everything on the field. Unfortunately, it wasn't the result we wanted here at the tournament."

Being here in Orange Beach has been incredible. Our team has had fun on and off the field. We have finally found a rhythm and are playing great soccer.

The NCAA Tournament Selection show is Monday night on ESPNews and, despite our loss today, we hope to see our name on the list of 64 teams picked for the tournament.

Thanks for following me and the team while we were here at the beach. Check out the Auburn athletic Web site for more details on the NCAA Tournament Monday. War eagle.

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