Oct. 22, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. -
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Kristin Stewart drew a pair of fouls inside the Tennessee box and Jac Schwarz and Jenny Zarzour each connected on their penalty kicks as Auburn defeated the No. 16 Lady Volunteers, 2-1, in double-overtime on Sunday afternoon to move into first place in the SEC West with one game remaining in the regular season.
With one minute and six seconds remaining in the second overtime period, Stewart was drug down inside of the 18 and Auburn was awarded with its second penalty kick of the afternoon. Zarzour calmly stepped up and drilled one past UT keeper Sarah Kitchin for the second game-winning goal of her career and her first since her freshman campaign.
"Kristin is a playmaker. She gives it all she has every time she touches the ball and she worked her butt off and it paid off and we put it away for her," Zarzour said. "I felt 25 people on my back when I was taking that shot, so it was great to put it in. It was awesome."
Auburn's first goal was set up in similar fashion as Stewart was taken down inside the 18 yard box with just 10:55 off the clock. Schwarz drew the assignment from the Auburn bench and put in her third goal of the season.
"You have to give Kristin Stewart a lot of credit for drawing those two penalty kicks," AU Head Coach Karen Hoppa said.
Tennessee (9-5-3, 5-3-2 SEC) had tied the game in controversial fashion at the 22:48 mark as Kylee Rossi played a ball to Ali Christoph, who raced past the AU defense and scored from 15 yards out. The play drew the ire of the Auburn defense, which saw the side official raise his flag, apparently indicating offsides, though the center official never stopped play.
The fact that the game even got to overtime is due in large part to Auburn goalkeeper Allison Whitworth, who made nine saves on the afternoon, though none were bigger than the diving save she made on an uncovered Emily Redberg with 1:48 remaining in regulation.
"It reminded me exactly of Georgia's overtime goal on Friday night. I was telling Coach Hoppa that I wanted that one back and when she took her shot I reacted right this time and got enough of it to make it go over the net," Whitworth said.
"It was an unbelievable save. It was one of those shots where your heart sinks and you think `That's going in' and Whit came out of nowhere and made the save. She is just getting better and better," Hoppa said.
The win coupled with Ole Miss' scoreless tie with Kentucky moved the Tigers (10-4-3, 4-3-3 SEC) into first place in the SEC West, a point ahead of the Rebels with one game remaining for each squad. It also moved the Tigers into a tie with Georgia for fifth in the overall SEC standings.
The Tigers will play their final regular season match on Friday night against arch-rival Alabama. AU will honor its seniors before the game, which starts at 7 p.m. CT.