Aug. 27, 2005
AUBURN - The No. 19-ranked Auburn soccer team fought back from a 1-0 deficit in the first half to defeat Kennesaw State 2-1 in the final exhibition game of the preseason Friday night at the AU Soccer Complex.
The Owls got on the board first after a few strong chances as Mandy Nolin intercepted a pass that floated over the Auburn defense and beat Tiger goalkeeper Anna Fiser to the left side to take a 1-0 lead at 31:08. At the half, KSU had a slight advantage with three shots to Auburn's two.
In the second half, defender Ronda Brooks took matters into her own hands with a play off a corner kick. Jenny Zarzour sent the ball in from the corner and from a missed Auburn header, the ball was put into play which set up the Brooks goal at 63:50 to even the game at 1-1.
Less than five minutes later, Kristin Stewart was served a ball from Ashley Willis, who beat three Kennesaw State defenders for the open pass. Stewart sent the shot in from the left side as KSU goalkeeper Jessica Marek came out to stop the shot. At the 68:19 mark, Auburn took the lead for good at 2-1.
Auburn out-shot KSU 6-1 in the second half and ended the game with an 8-4 advantage. The Tigers also had six corner kicks to the Owls' one.
Auburn will open the season at Rice on Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. CT and will finish out the road trip at nationally-ranked Texas on Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. in Austin.