Sept. 22, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. -
Florida's Ashlee Elliott and Liz Ruberry each scored a first-half goal and the No. 18 Gators held on to defeat No. 13 Auburn, 3-1, in the Southeastern Conference opener for both squads.
"The good news is I felt we out-played them from a soccer standpoint. The first two goals were off of set pieces and that was what I told the team at halftime, that they are beating us on size and set pieces and that was where they were better than us tonight," AU Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. "We had our chances and we just didn't bury them. It's the first game of the SEC season and there is still a lot of soccer to be played in the league."
Auburn (6-2-0, 0-1-0 SEC) collected five corner kicks on the night to Florida's four but were out-shot 13-8, with the majority of UF's shots coming in the first half.
Elliott scored the game's first goal just 14:11 into the contest as she headed in a corner from Ruberry for the early lead. Just over 11 minutes later it was Ruberry who found the back of the net as her free kick from 40-yards out skidded on the wet grass and in by the near post for a 2-0 UF lead.
The Tigers got came out after halftime and pressed the Gators with their efforts paying off when Caitlin King charged through the defense and picked up a loose ball 2-yards in front of the UF goal and slid it in for her second goal of the season. Kara Kasten had originally played the ball to Kristin Stewart, who brought the ball into the box and quickly nudged the ball over to King after getting UF keeper Brittni Goodwin to commit to her.
AU kept the attack up but Katie Green sealed the game for the Gators (5-3-1, 1-0-0 SEC) when her attempted cross rolled through Whitworth's legs and over the line for the final goal of the night.
The Tigers return to the field on Sunday for a 2 p.m. CT game against South Carolina.