Brooks' game-winner assured the Tigers a fifth-consecutive SEC Tournament berth
Oct. 16, 2005
AUBURN, Ala. - Ronda Brooks' goal off of the crossbar with a little over 10 minutes remaining in the first half proved to be all that Auburn needed on Sunday afternoon as the Tigers defeated LSU, 2-0, in Southeastern Conference soccer action. The win assured the Tigers a fifth-consecutive trip to the SEC Tournament next month in Orange Beach.
"LSU gave us a different look than we expected," AU Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. "They were tough to solve but the girls did a great job of solving them before halftime. Ronda Brooks made a great run and took a great shot and that was all we needed to win."
Brooks' scored the game winner from 15-yards out as she took a back-pass from Ashley Eason, who had moved up on the play, and dribbled right through two LSU defenders. She then fired a shot high, with the shot hitting the underside of the crossbar and deflecting down into the goal. The goal was the third of the year for Brooks.
"Coach Hoppa told us that the middle was open and that our backs would cover me if I took the ball through the middle so I did and sure enough it was open and I scored," Brooks said.
Ashley Willis added an insurance goal for Auburn at the 66:02 mark of the game as she took a pass from Jenny Zarzour at the top of the 18-yard box and fired a shot to the top-left corner for her third goal of the year.
"It was great to see Ashley Willis get on the board and ice the game for us," Hoppa said.
The Tigers (6-8-1, 5-3-0 SEC) took 16 shots while LSU (6-7-2, 2-5-1) mustered just six.
Anna Fiser was solid in net for Auburn, stopping all five shots that LSU put on net.
The Tigers return to the field on Friday night in Knoxville, Tenn., in a 6 p.m. CT contest. AU will then return to the AU Soccer Complex for Senior Day on Sunday against Georgia. Kickoff for the game against the Bulldogs is set for 2 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on FSN.