Oct. 15, 2006
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -
Neither Auburn nor Arkansas could ripple the back of the net in 110 minutes of soccer action as the Tigers and Lady'Backs played to a 0-0 double-overtime draw on a rainy Sunday afternoon at Lady Razorback Soccer Field. The tie moved the Tigers to 9-3-3, 3-2-3 SEC, while Arkansas is now 10-4-1, 3-2-1 SEC.
"I felt we controlled the play in the second half and overtime but just couldn't get the goal," AU Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. "The girls did a great job of making adjustments coming out of the half and we were unfortunate not to get the game-winner."
Auburn out-shot the Razorbacks, 17-10, which included six shots in the two overtime periods combined for the Tigers while holding Arkansas without a shot after regulation.
The Tigers also drew eight corners to Arkansas' one.
Both squads needed saves by someone other than the goalkeeper to keep the game scoreless in the second half and send it to the extra frames. Auburn's best chance came just three minutes into the second period Ronda Brooks' header off or Gabi Rivera's serve found a Lady'Back defender, who cleared the shot from the goal line right to an awaiting Jac Schwarz, who ripped a shot from inside the six but Arkansas' keeper Carrie Dillsaver was there to make the save.
On the other end it was an Arkansas corner that nearly resulted in a goal as Christina Burger blasted a shot that Gabi Rivera made a save on near the far post with just over 26 remaining in the half.
Stephanie Fransoso also had a good chance in the second half as she controlled a ball near the top of the 18 and was one-on-one with an Arkansas defender but her shot from just inside the box went wide to the far side of the net.
The Tigers also had three real good chances in the second overtime to close out the game but Becca Howell's shot from the top of the 18 with 7:20 left went wide right and Dillsaver made two fantastic saves, stopping a Brooks shot from 25-yards out with 1:05 left and a header from the far side of the six-yard box from Rivera with 37 seconds left.
The scoreless first half was the ninth of the season for the Tigers and the overtime contest was the sixth of the season for AU. It was also the fourth double-overtime contest of the year for AU, who has gone 3-0-3 in overtime games this season.
The scoreless contest was the third in the last five games for the Tigers, who earned four points during the first two games of their three-game road trip.
The Tigers remain a point behind SEC West leader Ole Miss, who also played to a scoreless tie on Sunday, earning a draw the South Carolina.
The Tigers will close out their three-game road swing on Friday night as Auburn travels to Athens, Ga., to battle Georgia at 6 p.m. CT.