Aug. 22, 2008
AUBURN, Ala. -
Auburn used a relentless offensive attack which resulted in nine goals and a school-record 51 shots as it shutout Grambling State, 9-0, in the season-opening soccer match for both clubs. Twelve different Auburn players registered points on the night with Stephanie Fransoso collecting two goals and Rebecca Howell earning three assists.
"Obviously the girls did a great job of putting on an attack but we still weren't pleased with the first half as a whole," Auburn Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. "We scored three goals in the first 10 minutes to put the game away, and that gave us an opportunity to work on some things, but in the second half we just cruised and didn't play the way we should. I thought the girls made some nice adjustments though and we completely controlled the game."
Chelsea Yauch recorded the second game-winning goal of her career as she scored from the top of the 18 just 3:38 into the contest. It set off what turned into an offensive barrage for the first 10 minutes as Gabi Rivera (8:09) and Jenni Prescott (9:49) also scored, giving Auburn a quick 3-0 lead.
"Carolyn (Cohen) was in the box with two defenders on her. She touched the ball back to me and I put it in, but it was because of her unselfishness that I was able to score," Yauch said.
Lydia Townsend gave Auburn a 4-0 lead just before the half as she scored on the first touch of her Auburn career, entering at the 31:30 mark and scoring at 31:51 off of a Howell pass, Howell's second assist of the first half.
While Auburn was dominating offensively in the first 45, it also kept Grambling State back on its heels defensively, collecting 25 first-half shots while Grambling could not fire one off in the first 45.
The second half was more of the same as Kara Kasten blasted her first goal of the year just over three minutes into the second half, corralling a rebound of a Julie King shot off the crossbar and ripping it into the net from 16 yards out to make it 5-0 Auburn.
Fransoso's two goals came less than five minutes apart in the second half, getting inside the six on both. The first came at 59:39 as she took a pass from Rivera, who was also in the box, while the second came off of a Kasey Warren cross, set up by Howell at 64:24.
"Kasey did a great job of getting it into the corner and she touched a cross and I was able to one-touch it in," Fransoso said of her second goal.
Monica Afanador upped it to an 8-0 lead at the 73:52 mark as she headed in a Ashley Marks corner. Marks then lit the scoreboard up one final time, knocking home a shot from inside the six after Townsend's initial shot was saved.
Auburn's 51 shots smashed the school record of 38 set on Sept. 23, 1997, in a 5-1 win at Troy while the nine goals was the most for an Auburn team since an 11-0 victory over Alabama A&M in the 2000 season-opener on August 25.
"We talked a lot this year that we have a very veteran attack. We have so many juniors and seniors in our attack and that allows us to be in sync right away," Hoppa said.
Auburn will play host to UAB at 7pm on Sunday night at the Auburn soccer complex. Admission is free.