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Iron Bowl pair earns SEC soccer honors

Alabama's Mattingly Parker & Auburn's Prohaska earn offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively.
Credit: Simon Williams
The Southeastern Conference awarded soccer offensive and defensive players of the week honors to Alabama's Riley Mattingly Parker and Auburn's Maddie Prohaska, respectively.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Southeastern Conference (SEC) awarded offensive and defensive players of the week honors to a pair of soccer players in the Yellowhammer State. Alabama graduate senior forward Riley Mattingly Parker and Auburn junior goalie Maddie Prohaska, won the league’s weekly awards for offense and defense, respectively.

Mattingly Parker, earned the award after a 2 goal performance in the Crimson Tide’s 3-0 win over No. 18 Clemson on August 28. She preceded that performance with three shots on goal (SOG) off the bench in the Tide’s 2-0 win against Southern Miss. The Flower Mound, Texas native sat out last year with a redshirt and is back on track so far this season appearing in all four of the Tide’s first quartet of games. She has three goals on seven SOG. She previously was a member of the All-SEC Second Team in 2020-21.

The Tide are 3-1 on the year with a 1-0 loss to Miami on August 21 as their lone defeat. They travel to Utah for three true road games against schools from the Beehive State. The Tide face Brigham Young in Provo on Sept. 1, Utah in Salt Lake City (9/4) and conclude their trip at Utah Valley in Orem (9/6). They return to the friendly confines of Alabama Soccer Stadium on September 11 for a 5 p.m. kickoff against North Alabama.

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Prohaska earned her honor after keeping things even in the Tigers’ two ties this week. In Auburn’s games at Atlantic Coast Conference foes No. 2 Florida State and Wake Forest, Prohaska snagged 14 saves on 15 SOG. The lone goal conceded against Florida State was the first score she allowed all year, matching the lowest total through the opening four games by an Auburn squad since 2015.

The West Chester, Ohio native is now seventh in program history in career saves (149), third in career GAA (0.93) and fifth in shutouts (16).

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The Tigers are 2-0-2 on the year, taking their first two games at home before the aforementioned ties on the road. They return to the Auburn Soccer Complex for their three of the final four non-conference games against West Virginia (9/1), Army (9/4), Massachusetts Lowell (9/8). They travel to Birmingham to take on Samford on Sept. 11 before opening SEC play on 9/16 at Missouri.

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