Oct. 13, 2006
BATON ROUGE, La. -
A two-goal halftime cushion and some clutch saves by Allison Whitworth throughout the game gave the Auburn soccer team a hard-fought 2-1 victory at LSU on Friday night. The win, combined with Florida's 2-1 victory over Ole Miss, moved the Tigers to within a point of the Rebels in the race for the SEC West with four regular-season games remaining.
"It was a tale of two halves. The girls did a good job and gave us a two-goal lead heading into the half and then the girls came out of the locker room and did a great job of playing defense in the second half," AU Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. "The girls gave a gutsy effort. Allison Whitworth and Ronda Brooks once again played a great game."
Auburn got on the board first when Jenny Zarzour scored her first goal of the season, converting on a penalty kick with 13:28 left in the first half. The Tigers were awarded the kick after Jac Schwarz drew a foul inside the 18 on the near-side of the field, getting run over by an LSU defender trying to turn up field.
The Tigers made it a 2-0 game with 8:31 left in the first half when Caitlin King stole the ball from an LSU defender at the top of the 18-yard box, out-raced another pair of Bayou Bengal defenders on the top line of the 18 and squared up and drilled a shot just under the crossbar for her team-leading fifth goal of the season. Brooks had started the pressure when she lobbed a ball in from just over the midfield stripe to Chelsea Yauch, who tried to control the ball but lost the advantage to an LSU defense that failed to successfully clear the ball, turning the ball back over to King.
LSU narrowed the gap to a goal at 2-1 with 34:39 left in the second half as Roslyn Jones scored from six yards out, ending Auburn's shutout streak at 468:09, which spanned nine halves and four-plus overtime frames. The goal was set up after an LSU corner as Michelle Makasini drilled a shot towards the top of the net from just outside the six that AU goalkeeper Allison Whitworth had to make a leaping save on.
Whitworth again had to make a diving save to her right to preserve the one-goal lead with just over 14 minutes remaining as Jones made a run into the box from near-side and blistered a shot from 10 yards out that forced Whitworth to leave her feet to make the save.
Whitworth made four saves on 19 shots while LSU keeper Valerie Vogler made six stops on 13 Auburn shots.
The win improved Auburn's record to 9-3-2, 3-2-2 SEC and broke the tie in the SEC race with LSU, which dropped to 7-7-2, 2-3-2 SEC.
Auburn stays on the road for a 1 p.m. CT match at Arkansas on Sunday.