Oct. 5, 2008
AUBURN - Katy Frierson was everywhere. The freshman logged a pair of goals and assists Sunday afternoon as the Tigers unleashed on Mississippi State for a 6-0 win at the Auburn Soccer Complex. Kara Kasten scored three goals for the Tigers in the Southeastern Conference victory. The win moves Auburn to 6-5-2, 2-1-1 SEC, while MSU slipped to 5-8-0, 0-4-0 SEC.
Auburn's offensive show comes after the Tigers were defeated by Ole Miss, 3-1, on Friday night. Head soccer coach Karen Hoppa was pleased with the resiliency that her team showed on Sunday.
"We had a fantastic turn around after a frustrating Friday night," Hoppa said. "It was nice to see the girls come out and score early and then score often. It really put the game away and allowed some of our players to rest.
"We ran on all cylinders today. Our offense put together everything that we have been working on. The defense was fantastic and both goal keepers played very well. Skylar [Brinegar] went in and got some minutes and persevered the shutout for us."
This six-goal effort is the second highest of the season. Auburn opened the 2008 campaign with a 9-0 win over Grambling State.
"We were really excited to come out today because Friday we were disappointed and thought we could have had a much better showing," Kasten said. "We were motivated to make a statement today."
Auburn broke open the scoring attack early in the first half. Following a Kasten shot attempt, the Tigers regrouped and from a Rebecca Howell assist, Frierson dribbled inside the box, shot and sent the ball to the back corner of the net for the quick 1-0 lead.
Stephanie Fransoso was in perfect position on a Frierson corner kick as the ball bounced off of a MSU player, Fransoso was there to knock in the second goal 16 minutes into the game.
Frierson's second goal of the day came as the freshman stood alone at midfield, she administered a stiff kick and landed the ball inside the goal to put the Tigers up 3-0 not more than a minute after she dished the assist.
Again from midfield, Frierson passed to Kasten who then dribbled down towards the goal untouched to knock in the goal to go up 4-0.
Ten minutes later, Kori Hoelscher and Gabi Rivera combined to find Kasten, again in prime scoring position, to net the fifth Auburn goal and the senior's second to cap off the Tigers' first half scoring efforts.
Auburn's momentum never slowed as the second half got underway as Howell recorded her second assist along with Carolyn Cohen to give Kasten the hat trick.
"I haven't had a hat trick since high school, so it was exciting for me," Kasten said. "Coach Hoppa said that the last time an Auburn player had a hat trick was in 2000. Gabi worked really hard to help me get the second goal."
The last time that an Auburn player scored three goals in a game was on Oct. 20, 2000, with Ginger Sellick netting three at South Carolina.
Kasten finished the day shooting 3-for-5 and Frierson was perfect at 2-for-2. Auburn outshot the Bulldogs 16-4.
The Tiger defense only allowed MSU to take four shots on goal keepers Allison Whitworth and Brinegar.
"Overall, this win is a good momentum builder," Kasten said "We'll have good week of practice before the LSU/Arkansas road trip."
Auburn heads into the heart of its SEC schedule next week, taking to the road for an Oct. 10 date with LSU in Baton Rouge, La. The Tigers will then trek to Arkansas on Oct. 12.