Sept. 3, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. - Caitlin King's first career goal for Auburn will be one that she never forgets as she headed in the game-winner in double-overtime to keep the Auburn soccer team perfect on the year and give Auburn Head Coach Karen Hoppa her 150th career victory on Sunday afternoon at the Auburn Classic.
King's goal in the 100th minute of play gave the #16 Tigers a 2-1 double-overtime win over William & Mary, improving the Tigers to 4-0-0 for the fourth time in Auburn history and dropping the Tribe to 3-1-0 on the year.
"I got in there, saw the ball, got up and went after it and put it in," King said. "We were taking some good shots and it was getting a little frustrating that we couldn't get one past them but we finally connected."
Auburn found itself in an unfamiliar position just 57 seconds into the second half as W&M's Krissy Vornadore took a slow-rolling pass from Katie Hogwood and sent it back across the box, beating AU goalkeeper Allison Whitworth for a 1-0 Tribe lead. It marked the first time all season that Auburn had allowed a goal.
Auburn turned up the pressure after falling behind and its efforts finally paid off in the 82nd minute as Kristin Stewart collected her first goal of the season, gathering in a rebound off of a blocked shot by Kara Kasten and burying it to knot the game at 1-1.
Once in the first overtime, Auburn's attack put it in high gear and registered five shots after collecting just six in regulation. Stewart had two good looks, but the first was saved by W&M's keeper Meghan Walker and the second went high over the crossbar. Kasten also had a good look at the net, but again Walker came up big to keep the game tied at 1-1.
"We started out slow in the first half and then gave up a goal, but we battled back and tied it up and gutted it out throughout the entire second half," Hoppa said.
The last time the Tigers opened the season 4-0-0 was in 2004.
The win was Hoppa's 86th at Auburn and 150th overall between AU and Central Florida.
"The 150th was a great one and the girls did it with style," Hoppa said.
In the day's first game, Vanderbilt (1-1-2) battled back from a 2-1 second half deficit to defeat Dartmouth (0-2-0), 3-2. Amy Wilcox scored the game-winner in the 87th minute for the Commodores.
The Tigers will hit the road for the first time this season next weekend as AU heads to Champaign, Ill., for games against Portland State and Illinois.