Oct. 2, 2005
AUBURN, Ala. - After adjusting the starting lineup it was a pair of substitutes that scored goals for the Tigers as Auburn defeated Kentucky, 2-1, on Sunday in Southeastern Conference soccer action. Courtney Crandell scored the game winner while Kristin Stewart netted the first goal of the game for the Tigers, who moved to 3-7-1, 2-2-0 SEC and handed Kentucky (5-1-6, 1-1-2) its first loss of the season.
"This was a huge game for us as this keeps us in the race for the SEC West," AU Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. "We talked to the team at halftime about being better in the second half and we were today. After Kentucky tied it up, we didn't let it deflate us."
Ashley Willis started the final rush that provided the game-winner for the Tigers as she raced down field, pressuring UK goalkeeper Anne Ogundele, who came out of the net to stop the attack. Ogundele could not hold on to the ball, however, and it popped out to Crandell at the top of the box, who fired in a shot for her second goal of the season at the 81:54 mark.
"I was just trying to get the ball on frame," Crandell said. "Ashley's pressure was awesome and the ball just laid there and I got a good shot off."
Stewart opened the scoring with her third goal of the season after a great feed from Crandell, who fed her the ball from behind the midfield stripe. From there it was all Stewart, who dribbled down the field and fired a shot past Ogundele for the early one-goal lead at the 28:05 mark of the first half.
"Kristin made a great run to pull the defense and I just slipped the past into her and then she did all the work from there," Crandell said.
Kentucky knotted the game at 1-1 at 64:47 after working out of a scramble near the top of the box. Nicola Holdsworth somehow found a way out to get the ball through the pack of Auburn players and to her teammate Sarah Gaunt, who beat AU keeper Anna Fiser.
Fiser made seven saves for the Tigers as UK took 13 shots.
The one-goal game was the seventh for the Tigers this season.
The Tigers return to action on Friday night in Starkville, Miss., as AU faces the Mississippi State Bulldogs in a 7 p.m. CT contest. Fans wishing to listen to the game can do so on WZMG 910 AM in the Auburn-Opelika area or on the internet at www.auburntigers.com.