Sept. 1, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. - Senior Amanda Garcia buried a penalty kick midway through the first overtime period to give the Auburn soccer team a three-game winning streak to open the season as the #16 Tigers defeated #22 Dartmouth, 1-0, on Friday night at the Auburn Classic.
Garcia got the nod for the penalty kick after senior Kristin Stewart was dragged down three yards into the box, getting the crowd into a frenzy. Garcia then lined it up and buried her first career game-winning goal.
"It was just like practice. Coach (Karen Hoppa) asked me if I would be confident enough to take the shot and I stepped up and did it," Garcia said.
The two teams played very even throughout regulation, though Dartmouth (0-1-0) played a little more physical, finishing with 20 fouls to Auburn's 15.
Each team was limited in its chances as both goalkeepers were each forced to make just three saves, but it was constant end-to-end action throughout the game.
Auburn's back line continued to thwart the opposition's offense as the Tigers (3-0-0) have now posted shutouts in their first three games, the first time Auburn has ever done that in school history.
"This was a great game for us to play because Dartmouth is such a quality team. They are an NCAA Tournament team for a reason and I think they will be again this season," Hoppa said. "They were a much more experienced team and it took us a while to figure it out, but we have a young team with a lot of energy and talent and I think our seniors just kept us in it and we did a great job of breaking them down in the end."
The victory was Auburn's second over a ranked team in three games this season.
William & Mary improved to 3-0-0 on the season as Claire Zimmeck scored the only goal of the game 2:24 into the contest as the Tribe defeated Vanderbilt (0-1-2), 1-0, in the first game of the Classic.
The Classic concludes on Sunday with Vanderbilt and Dartmouth squaring off at 11 a.m. CT while Auburn faces William & Mary at 1:30 p.m.