Aug. 27, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. -
The Auburn defense surrendered just one shot on goal and the Auburn newcomers chipped in three goals as the Tigers defeated Jacksonville State, 4-0, on Sunday night at the AU Soccer Complex.
"We really emphasized to the team that we needed to start strong and take care of business in the first half and that's what we did tonight," AU Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. "We were able to play a lot of players tonight and give a lot of girls rest after playing a physical game against Texas on Friday. We had a lot of players step up tonight, and a lot of different players from Friday night."
Freshman Lizzie Hamersly got the scoring started just over 14 minutes into the contest as Jenny Zarzour lobbed a ball in from outside of the box to the right of JSU goalkeeper Elizabeth Selasky that found a wide open Hamersly, who then buried it for the early lead.
Auburn came right back two minutes later as Kasey Warren served Gabi Rivera who raced along the same side of the box that Zarzour was on the previous goal. Rivera then lofted a perfectly placed pass to the awaiting head of senior Jac Schwarz, who headed in her 10th career goal and first since the 2003 season.
Again AU struck quickly as this time it was Warren taking a corner and lofting it off the out-stretched arm of Selasky, making it 3-0 just 20 minutes into the game.
The final blow came with just over four-and-a-half minutes remaining in the first half as Becca Howell took a cross from Caitlin King and found a wide open net for her first collegiate goal.
The Auburn defense was once again stout as the Gamecocks registered just three shots and did not place one on goal until there was just over a minute left to play in the game.
AU starting goalkeeper Allison Whitworth played the first half without facing a shot while Anna Fiser logged the second half in net for the Tigers, making a save on the only shot on goal she saw.
The back-to-back shutouts to open the season marked the first time AU has done that since opening 2003 with a 3-0 win over UAB followed by a 2-0 victory over Southeast Missouri.
The Tigers return to the field on Friday for the Auburn Classic. AU will play Dartmouth at 7 p.m. CT while Vanderbilt and William & Mary will kick off at 4:40 p.m.