Oct. 6, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. -
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Each team controlled a half of the game but neither could put one past the opposing goalkeeper as Auburn and Ole Miss battled to a 0-0 double-overtime tie on Friday night at the Auburn Soccer Complex.
"It was a great soccer game. Both teams played some really good soccer. They dominated a little more in the first half and then we dominated a little more in the second half," AU Head Soccer Coach Karen Hoppa said. "We have to build on this. Sunday we played really good defense to get a zero-zero shutout (at Vanderbilt) and today we played really good soccer to keep them off the board and to get our chances. We just need to build on it and take the next step."
The scoreless draw was the second straight for the Tigers, who moved to 7-3-2, 1-2-2 SEC. Ole Miss moved to 6-4-3, 2-0-3 SEC.
Ole Miss dominated the first half of play, taking eight shots, but Auburn's sophomore goalkeeper Allison Whitworth, the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Week, was up to the task for the Tigers, making seven saves to keep the Rebels off the board in the first 45 minutes of play.
Auburn turned the tables on the Rebels in the second half as AU registered seven shots while limiting Ole Miss to just two but UM goalkeeper Ann Shelton matched Whitworth as she made six saves throughout the first 90 minutes of play.
"The girls came out in the second half and really put on a show. We were unfortunate not to get a goal but we have to be real pleased with the way we played," Hoppa said.
Once in overtime both teams struggled to get through stout defenses as Auburn and Ole Miss each collected just one shot on goal in the extra periods.
The tie was also the first in the 14-game series, which AU leads 8-5-1.
Auburn returns to the field on Sunday at 2 p.m. CT for a match against Mississippi State.