Sept. 16, 2005
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn had its chances early but they could not manage to make the net ripple enough as the AU soccer team fell to visiting Miami, 2-1, on Friday night at the AU Soccer Complex. Freshman Kara Kasten netted the first goal of her collegiate career in the losing effort for the Tigers, who dropped to 1-5-1 on the season.
"We had some good chances in the first half and just couldn't capitalize on them," AU Coach Karen Hoppa said. "The first half was great possession for us and we had a really good attack, but we just had that little letdown that changed the whole game."
Kasten got Auburn on the board first at the 40:52 mark of the first half as she took a ball off of a nice pass from Leah Blayney, beating the Miami keeper, Lauren McAdam, for a late first-half lead.
"I was pulling apart because I know Leah likes to play the ball over the top," Kasten said. "I was expecting Leah to make a chip-over but then the defender made a mistake and I was scrappy and found my spot."
Miami would answer quickly, however, as Rebecca Tweneboah scored on a breakaway and beat AU's Allison Whitworth from the short side of field at the 43.27 mark of the first half.
The Hurricanes put the Tigers away midway through the second half as Paulette Ricks-Chambers scored her second goal of the season off of a feed from Bryn Heinicke, beating Anna Fiser, who came in for Whitworth halfway through the second half. Whitworth was taken out of the game after a mid-air collision with one of the U of M forwards.
Auburn had multiple chances in the first half to break the game open, the most significant coming off of the foot of Blayney at the 37:37 mark, who hit the crossbar after firing a shot from the top of the box.
Blayney's chance was not the only one as a little more than 15 minutes later Courtney Crandell had a chance to score from in close but could not get a shot off as McAdam raced out to cover the ball. Crandell wasn't finished there as with 7:24 left, she again had a chance from in close, this one less than 10-yards out, but again McAdam got to the ball, this time making the save.
The Tigers out-shot the Hurricanes, 15-11 and led in corners, 5-2.
With the win, Miami improved to 5-2-1.
The Tigers return to the road for their next game as the Tigers travel to Columbia, S.C., for their SEC opener with the Gamecocks. The game is set to start at 6 p.m. CT and can be heard in the Auburn/Opelika area on WZMG 910 AM. Fans can also listen on the internet at www.auburntigers.com.