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Auburn and West Florida Play Scoreless Exhibition Soccer Match

Aug. 14, 2005

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. -- The Auburn soccer team opened up its exhibition season with a scoreless match with West Florida on Sunday night at the Orange Beach Soccer Complex. Auburn will play one more exhibition, a home match with Kennesaw State on Friday at 7 p.m. CT, before opening the season at Rice on Friday, Sept. 26 in Houston.

"I thought tonight we put together a good performance, especially since we have been doing three-a-days for five straight days," AU head coach Karen Hoppa said. "Tonight gave us a good look at our team and gave us a chance to see things we need to improve. West Florida is a top-10 division two team, they are a great program and they gave us a good opportunity to look at our team."

The Tigers took 13 shots during the exhibition match, with its best scoring chances coming late in the second half. Auburn's first solid chance came off of the foot of Kara Kasten, who blasted a shot into the midsection of the WFU goalkeeper Klara Vrbova. The next Tiger chances came on a series of shots as Kristin Stewart's shot also found the hands of the WFU goalkeeper, only to be shot back in by Leah Blayney, who put it into the legs of an Argo defender with two minutes remaining.

The Auburn defense allowed a total of six shots, only one of which was on goal.

Ashley Willis lead the Tiger offense with two shots, both on goal.



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