Oct. 20, 2006
ATHENS, Ga. -
Lauren Glancy's second goal of the game and season proved to be the difference as Georgia defeated Auburn, 3-2, in an overtime SEC soccer match on Friday night.
Glancy's shot from 15 yards out with just 1:44 remaining in the first overtime period salvaged the game for the Bulldogs, who lost a 2-0 second-half lead to the Tigers only to collect the win when her shot eluded Auburn goalkeeper Allison Whitworth.
Kori Hoelscher had made it a one-goal game with 26:37 remaining in the second half when her shot from 28 yards off of a pass from Ronda Brooks darted over UGA keeper Lauren Church's outstretched arms and in off of the far post, making it 2-1 Bulldogs.
The Tigers (9-4-3, 3-3-3 SEC) forced the overtime period when Lizzie Hamersly scored off of a quick touch by Kristin Stewart on Jenny Zarzour's free kick from the far side, just outside the 18 at 78:06.
Georgia (9-7-0, 4-5-0 SEC) had taken a 2-0 lead just 12 minutes into the second half when Cortni Joyner fired a shot from just inside the 18 that beat Whitworth, who had come off of her line to cut down the angle.
Georgia had lit up the scoreboard first as Lauren Glancy scored her first goal of the season 41:31 into the game, taking a pass from Carrie Patterson just outside the six and slipping a shot between Allison Whitworth and the near-side goalpost for the 1-0 lead.
UGA had pressured Auburn right from the start, forcing Whitworth to make four saves in the first seven minutes of play while holding the Tigers without a shot until 38 minutes had passed, though the Tigers were able to make a couple of good offensive runs in the first 20 minutes that did not result in any shots.
Auburn finished the first half with just one shot, a season-low, while UGA took 11. For the game, Auburn took 12 shots and forced five corners while UGA finished with 26 shots and four corners.
"Obviously we didn't play a very good first half but then we came out and put two on the board in the second half but we just couldn't get that third goal," AU Head Coach Karen Hoppa said.
The halftime deficit was just the third time this season that Auburn trailed after the first 45 minutes, the other two times coming against Portland State, an AU win, and Florida, a game Auburn lost.
The loss was the first overtime defeat for the Tigers this season and ended Auburn's SEC-best six-game unbeaten streak.
Auburn returns home for a Sunday match against Tennessee at 1 p.m. CT at the AU Soccer Complex. The game will be televised regionally on SEC-TV.