MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Faulkner took on cross-town and Southern States Athletic Conference rival Auburn Montgomery Saturday afternoon at the AUM soccer complex in its regular season finale. The Lady Eagles struck early in the first period, but with just over a minute remaining in the game the home team fired for the tie. Just as it appeared that the contest was heading for overtime, Jennifer Parrott beat the approaching keeper and hooked a shot around a defender with to clinch the 2-1 victory with 37 seconds to go.
"It was an exciting win for us," said head coach Jeff Ireland. "We made our portion of mistakes and missed some serious opportunities late, but I think we can learn from a those. We just might be back here for the SSAC opening round and this is always a tough opponent to face."
Faulkner had a half dozen spectacular runs late in the game, but couldn't connect at the net despite some close calls.
Amanda Gemmell fired a bullet from 25 yards out that ricocheted off the crossbar and back into play, but her teammates weren't able to claim the rebound for a followup.
Just moments later Clio Renalls rolled a shots round a defender and a closing Holly Clarke, but it missed just inches outside the post.
The game remained scoreless until the 88th minute when Alexandara Sveinsdottir tucked a ball near the backside post on a Margret Albertsdottir feed.
Then, with just over half a minute remaining, Jennifer Parrott broke free and charged the frame. Clarke darted out for the stop, but Parrott popped the ball out of reach and caught up with it just outside the net. Midfielder Kristin Karlsdottir made up ground and entered the box to defend, but Parrott took a gentle touch and tucked by her into the backside corner.
Numbers were similar for both sides. Faulkner had 10 shots and put six on target. AUM had seven shots with two on frame.
Caitlin Sebert got the win and had one save and allowed a goal.
Ingthorsdottir held the net for the first half for the Warhawks and had one save and allowed a score. Clarke took over in the second period and secured three saves and allowed one goal.
Faulkner finished the regular season at 10-6-1 overall and 7-5 in the league. AUM dropped to 8-8-1 and 7-4-1 in the SSAC. Both teams now await the final conference standings before heading into the league tournament in early November.