Oct. 9, 2005
OXFORD, Miss. - Jennifer Hance's header off of a corner kick with 13 seconds left in the second overtime gave Ole Miss a 1-0 victory over the Auburn soccer team on Sunday afternoon at the Ole Miss Soccer Complex.
"It was a great game. They played great and they played hard. We played great and we played hard too and just like last year, home field advantage played into the final score at the end," AU Head Coach Karen Hoppa said.
The game winner came after a non-call inside of the 18-yard box on the Auburn end of the field as Ole Miss' Austin Brown charged into the box and steamrolled AU goalkeeper Anna Fiser 10 yards from the AU net. Instead of calling a foul on Brown, a corner kick was awarded to the Rebels, which turned into the game-winning goal.
"It should have been a foul and Ole Miss took advantage of a lucky call. We played well and just couldn't quite get it on frame. I am really pleased with the girls' effort and we just caught a bad break. This is a tough one to swallow," Hoppa said.
The Tigers (4-8-1, 3-3-0 SEC) had a few good scoring chances in the second half as Kristin Stewart, Courtney Crandell and Kara Kasten all found themselves in good positions to score at different points during the second 45 minutes. Stewart's chance came when she headed a cross from Kasten into the 6-yard box, only to have Ole Miss keeper Megan Vickery stop the chance.
With 21:05 left in regulation Crandell had Auburn's best opportunity to dent the net as she took a pass from Jada Stewart inside the 6-yard box and rocketed a shot that also could not find the back of the net.
With 1:11 left in regulation it was Kasten who had the chance as Jenny Zarzour crossed a pass off of a free kick that Kasten could not put a head on as she was open in front of the Ole Miss net.
Both teams had good chances to light the scoreboard up during the first frame as well. Less than a minute into the game AU's Sara Power put a header on net that Ole Miss's first-half goalkeeper Ann Shelton kept from getting past her. The Tigers kept the pressure on the Ole Miss keeper early again as Kristin Stewart put a shot on net, hers from 16-yards out, forcing Shelton to make a diving save to her right.
Ole Miss (11-3-0, 5-1-0) also had a solid chance in the first as Kelly Renie found herself wide open in front of the wide side of the AU net but could not get a shot off as the cross went through her legs and rolled over the end line for an AU goal kick.
The final score represented the eighth one-goal game for the Tigers this season.
Auburn returns home this weekend for a pair of games, welcoming Arkansas and LSU to the AU Soccer Complex. The Arkansas game is set to start at 7 p.m. CT on Friday night while Sunday's tilt against LSU will begin at 2 p.m. Admission to all regular-season home games is free.
Fans wishing to listen to the game can tune into WZMG 910 AM in the Auburn-Opelika area or on the internet at www.auburntigers.com.