Sept. 10, 2005
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Neither team could find the back of the net on a rainy night at New Mexico's Soccer Complex as the Auburn soccer team played to a scoreless tie with the host Lobos in AU's first game of the UNM Classic on Friday night. With the tie the Tigers moved to 1-3-1 on the year. New Mexico is now 1-1-2.
"I thought we were going to get one in the second half and again in the overtimes," AU Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. "I was definitely pleased with the way we defended tonight. It is tough to win on the road and even tougher to earn a shutout on the road."
Both teams had their opportunities, but neither defense would allow the other team a solid scoring chance along the way. Perhaps the best chance in the first half went to New Mexico as Asha Richardson had a clear breakaway with 4:20 left but was stifled on her chance as AU's Kori Hoelscher raced back and slid down to kick the ball away and thwart the scoring chance.
"I think our defense did a great job of staying tight in the back," AU Goalkeeper Anna Fiser said. "I though overall we played very well in the back. If Kori hadn't gotten there on the breakaway, they definitely would have had an open chance. That was a huge play for us."
The Tigers best chance of the first half came when Kristen Stewart took a ball at the top of the box and rifled a shot into the midsection of a Lobo defender. It was one of only two shots for the Tigers in the first 45 minutes of play.
The Tigers upped their offensive pressure in the second half and
overtime, taking six shots. In the second half the best scoring
opportunity belonged to AU as Sara Powers' header was saved by UNM
keeper Kristen Winters and Ashley Willis' subsequent shot was blocked by
a group of Lobo defenders.
The scoreless tie was the first for Auburn since October 3, 2003, when AU and South Carolina played a scoreless tie in Columbia, S.C.
The double-overtime game was the second in three games for the Tigers, who lost to Cal State Fullerton, 2-1, last Friday night in the opener of the Auburn/Reebok Classic.
Auburn will return to the UNM Soccer Complex for a game with Arizona State on Sunday at 11 a.m. MT. The Sun Devils (3-2-0) opened the Classic by defeating Syracuse, 3-1.