Sept. 11, 2005
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Arizona State scored two goals in the first 18 minutes of play and that was all the Sun Devils needed as the Auburn soccer team fell to ASU, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon at the UNM Soccer Complex as a part of the UNM Classic. The loss dropped the Tigers to 1-4-1 on the season as AU went 0-1-1 at the Classic.
"Our team has to find a way to play its best soccer from the start," AU Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. "We lost this game in the first 20 minutes."
ASU scored a goal at the 5:40 mark of the first period to take a quick lead as Stephanie Ebner scored from the top of the 18-yard box. ASU wasted little time scoring their second, as it was just over 12 minutes later when Manya Makoski beat AU keeper Anna Fiser with a shot to the top right of the AU net off of a feed from Brittany Cooper from 15 yards out.
The Tigers got one back on a penalty kick by Ronda Brooks at the 18:55 mark of the first half to get within a goal, 2-1. AU was awarded the kick when Courtney Crandell was pulled down 15-yards away from the ASU net.
"We did a great job of fighting back to get us back into it going into the half," Hoppa said. "Arizona State has too good of a team to give them open looks, and they put it away in the second half."
The second half was all ASU offensively as Makoski scored her second of the game and Elizabeth Bogus her first off of Cooper's second assist.
ASU moved to 4-2-0 on the season.
The Tigers return home for their next match, which is Friday night at 7 p.m. CT at the AU Soccer Complex against Miami. Admission to all regular season home matches is free.