Sept. 10, 2006
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois broke a scoreless tie when Emily Zurrer put a header past the Auburn defense and the Illini held from there, snapping Auburn's five-game winning streak with a 1-0 victory over the Tigers on Sunday.
"Their defense did the best job we have seen this season of shutting down our attack, which is very explosive," AU Head Coach Karen Hoppa said.
Illinois (3-3-0) got on the board during the 69th minute off of a free kick in the corner as Ella Maser served it long and high and Zurrer lept up and over the Auburn defense and headed it into the top corner.
Auburn (5-1-0) kept the pressure on throughout the game and turned it up a notch after allowing the goal but the Illini defense surrendered just two second-half shots to the Tigers, who had matched the second-best start in school history with five straight wins to start the year before the loss on Sunday.
The action was played at a furious pace over the final 15 minutes of the first half with each team getting it in close but neither capitalizing on its opportunities. Allison Whitworth made four saves in the first half for the Tigers, including one off of a one-touch pass by UI's Chichi Nweke, while Becca Howell had a great chance on the other end but her shot from 10-yards out on the near-side sailed long and wide past an unmanned net with just under two minutes left in the half.
The scoreless first half was the third time this season that neither AU nor its opponent has lit up the scoreboard in the first 45 minutes of play.
The Tigers return home for their final non-conference game of the season on Friday night when Auburn plays host to Samford at 7 p.m. CT at the Auburn Soccer Complex. Admission is free.