Oct. 10, 2008
BATON ROUGE, La. - LSU capitalized on an Auburn turnover just 24 seconds into overtime to spoil Auburn's chance at an upset of the No. 19 team in the nation as Auburn fell, 2-1, on Friday night at the LSU Soccer complex.
Malorie Rutledge ended the game with her shot from inside the 18 that was over of the reach of the outstretched arms of Auburn goalkeeper Allison Whitworth, who finished with six saves on the night. Auburn had controlled the ball in its defensive third but misplayed the ball, allowing LSU's Melissa Clarke to gain control of possession. She then found Rutledge, who rifled in her fourth goal of the season.
"There is a lot of heartbreak tonight. We should have had two or three (goals) in the first half," Auburn Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. "We made a bad pass in the back. Our centerbacks misplayed the ball and LSU was able to run in and intercept it score a goal that I don't think we were ready for because we were on offense."
LSU (9-2-0, 3-2-0 SEC) came out of the locker room at halftime just as it did at the start of the game, controlling the scoring chances while limiting Auburn's. The pressure finally paid off for LSU in the 63rd minute as Amanda Carreno scored her third goal of the season following a collection of LSU corners and sustained pressure. Carreno only took one touch inside the 18, firing it to Allison Whitworth's right for the game-tying goal, making it 1-1.
LSU had dominated the quality scoring chances in the first 10 minutes with only a Jenn Johnson clear of a LSU cross and a Stephanie Fransoso near-side save on the post ensuring Auburn's survival of the early going without allowing a goal.
However, in the 20th minute Auburn (6-6-2, 2-2-1 SEC) started to turn the tables on a LSU. Jenni Prescott was inches away from putting Auburn on the board in the 25th minute as her shot off of a Kara Kasten cross was saved by the toe of LSU keeper Mo Isom. Then in the 26th minute Auburn's top point-scorer Rebecca Howell was able to get one through Isom as her shot from inside the box off of a Katy Frierson cross trickled through Isom to put Auburn up, 1-0. The assist by Frierson was her 13th point in the last six games for the freshman.
Auburn remains on the road for another crucial SEC West match, traveling to Fayetteville, Ark., to face Arkansas at 1pm on Sunday.