Sophomore Kameron Simmonds found the net for the Lady Vols (8-6-4, 3-4-3 SEC) to record her eighth goal of the season. In goal, redshirt-sophomore Ally Zazzara made three saves on the night.
Becky Contreras and Haley Duca were the goal-scorers for Auburn (8-6-5, 3-4-3 SEC). Keeper Maddie Prohaska logged two saves.
Simmonds put the Lady Vols on top early, running onto a deflected shot by Sizzy Lawton and one-touching the loose ball off the right goalpost and into the net.
The Tigers evened the score in the 38th minute when Prohaska sent a 50-yard serve into Tennessee’s defensive third and Contreras ran onto it, sending a header at UT’s goal. Zazzara came off her line and got a hand on it but was unable to stop it entirely, and it rolled into the net.
Auburn went up by one three and a half minutes later when the UT defense cleared a corner kick in the direction of Duca who lobbed a shot from 20 yards out into the top left corner of the net.
For the half, AU out-shot UT 7-3, posting three shots on goal to one by Tennessee.
In the 53rd minute, Lawson Renie got a head on the end of a UT free kick, but it was cleared by the Auburn defense.
The Lady Vols sent numbers forward in the closing minutes, and Lawton, Sarah Greiner and Maria Nelson all got shots off in the 84th minute, but AU packed players into the box and blocked each attempt.
With just under three minutes to go, Simmonds worked the ball to the corner and sent a cross through the box that Greiner dove to get a head on, but the shot glanced just wide of the goal, and time ran out with Auburn leading 2-1.
UP NEXT: The Lady Vols will return to Knoxville and await the results of the NCAA Tournament Selection show on Monday, Nov. 6.