Sept. 30, 2005
AUBURN, Ala. - One goal was all it took for Vanderbilt to hold off the Auburn soccer team as the Commodores posted a 1-0 shutout over the Tigers on Friday night at the AU Soccer Complex. The loss dropped the Tigers to 2-7-1, 1-2-0 SEC while Vanderbilt moved to 10-1-0, 3-0-0 SEC.
"We did some good things tonight, we just didn't do enough good things," AU Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. "The bottom line was that we did not have enough chances and we need better production out of our forwards."
The lone goal in the game came midway through the second half as Vanderbilt's Sarah Dennis took a long pass from Kim Perkins and split the AU defense before firing what would prove to be the game winner into the top-right hand corner of the net past AU goalkeeper Anna Fiser from 15-yards out.
The Tigers had three very good scoring chances during the first half, but mustered just one shot on goal in those three chances. With 20 minutes left, Sara Power found herself in good position on the short side of the VU net but her shot found VU keeper Tyler Griffin's hands, who deflected the ball over the end line.
The Tigers again put the pressure on the Commodores four minutes later as Kristin and Jada Stewart did a pair of touch passes to each other at the top of the 18-yard box but this time it was the VU defense that thwarted the scoring opportunity.
Auburn put another solid rush on another four minutes later as this time Kristin Stewart seemed to be on a mini-breakaway but was dragged down by a VU defender, negating the rush.
The shutout marked the third time that Auburn was held without a goal this season while the final score marked the sixth one-goal game of the season for the Tigers.
Auburn was out-shot 15-5 in the game.
The Tigers close out their short two-game home stand on Sunday with a 2 p.m. CT contest against Kentucky. The first 250 fans into the game will receive a free Auburn tote bag.
Fans wishing to listen to the game may do so on WZMG 910 AM in the Auburn-Opelika area or on the internet at www.auburntigers.com. Admission to all home regular-season soccer matches is free.