Sara Powers goes up for a header during Friday night's game against Cal State Fullerton.
Sept. 2, 2005
AUBURN, Ala. -- The Auburn soccer team dropped its home opener, 2-1, to Cal State Fullerton in double overtime on Friday night at the Auburn Soccer Complex in the second game of the Auburn/Reebok Classic. The loss dropped the Tigers to 0-3 on the season while the Titans improved to 2-1 on the young season.
"They scored a great goal, and that is what sudden death overtime is all about," AU Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. "We had some good shots but we just couldn't score, and that is how our season seems to have gone so far. Cal State Fullerton is a good team, but now we need to concentrate on putting together a 90-minute match. We know we have the talent and ability, we just have a lot of youth."
Cal State Fullerton scored the game winner with just over one minute left in the final overtime period. Stacey Thompson put in a shot to the left of AU keeper Anna Fiser off of a pass from Desiree Flint with just 1:07 remaining, sending the Tigers to their first three-game losing streak since the 2000 season.
The Titans got on the board first as Kellie Cox scored her first goal of the season, sending in a corner kick from the right hand side down by the Auburn goal at the 5:09 mark of the first half.
The second half saw the Tigers get more aggressive, with the end result being an unassisted goal by Leah Blayney from the middle of the top of the box at the 60:21 mark.
Auburn was out shot 20-12 in the game. Fiser made four saves between the second half and the two overtimes. Allison Whitworth made five saves in the first half.
South Carolina won the opener of the classic, defeating Rhode Island, 2-0. Ashley Kirk scored the first USC goal, her second of the year, while Mary Worthen put the game away with her first of the season at the 31:15 mark.
The classic concludes on Sunday with USC and CSF facing off at noon CT. Auburn and Rhode Island will follow at 2:30 p.m. CT. Admission is free to all regular season matches at the AU Soccer Complex.