Oct. 14, 2005
AUBURN, Ala. - Jada Stewart's goal off of a cross from twin sister Kristin with 5:09 remaining in the second overtime gave the Auburn soccer team a 2-1 victory over Arkansas on Friday night at the AU Soccer Complex. The goal was the first of the season for Stewart, who helped move the Tigers to 5-8-1, 4-3-0 SEC on the season.
"I am really proud of these girls for staying with it," AU Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. "We talked to the team at halftime and told them it was coming. We told them that someone just had to put their name on the ball and Jada did just that."
The game winner was set up when AU goalkeeper Anna Fiser played a ball out to AU defender Ronda Brooks, who fed Kristin Stewart at the midfield. Kristin turned up-field with the ball and raced down the sideline, angling in towards the Arkansas box, drawing two defenders and the LadyBacks' goalkeeper to her side of the field. Kristin then slipped a beautifully played cross to Jada, who did not have an Arkansas player within 10 yards of her, and Jada buried the game winner into the top corner from two-yards out.
When I saw Kristin playing the cross I just went to the front of the net and connected. We were very patient and finally put it in the net," Jada Stewart said.
"(Assistant Coach) Becky (Fletcher) told me at the half to keep fighting and that sooner or later I would get it. Fortunately when I made the cross Jada, was there," Kristin Stewart said.
The Tigers found themselves down a goal at the half as Arkansas' Megan McCool took a breakaway feed from Christina Burger and beat an AU defender in a foot race to the ball before slipping a shot past Fiser just 5:33 into the game.
It seemed the Tigers had tied the game up with 2:44 remaining in the first half when Courtney Crandell blistered a shot on net, forcing Arkansas' goalkeeper, Carrier Dillsaver, to make a diving save. After the save the ball trickled past the downed Dillsaver, and seemingly over the goal line, but instead the side official ruled that the ball did not cross the line, preserving Arkansas' 1-0 lead going into the half.
Crandell would not be denied on the night, however, as 8:31 into the second half she found a loose ball in front of the Arkansas net after a scramble and drilled a shot in from eight yards out, knotting the game at 1-1.
The Tigers controlled most of the game, taking a season-high 25 shots while limiting Arkansas (5-8-1, 1-6-0 SEC) to just nine. The Tigers also took 10 corner kicks to Arkansas' two.
Auburn returns to the field on Sunday for a 2 p.m. contest against LSU. 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.