Tigers Finish 1-0-1 On First Away Weekend Of Spring Season
March 24, 2005
Huntsville, Ala.- The Auburn soccer team took on Region 3 Olympic Development Program and the Michigan Wolverines this past weekend in Huntsville, Ala. and came out with a 1-1 tie and a 3-0 victory.
In their first matchup of the day, Auburn took on the Region 3 ODP team in their first away game this spring. The Tigers found the back of the net just once, but created several dangerous chances in front of the goal.
It wasn’t until the second half that the scoring started for both teams. It was Auburn who got on the scoreboard first two minutes into the half.
It was a Stewart combination that put the Tigers on the board as Kristin Stewart took the ball endline and slotted it across for Jada Stewart who, one-touched it past the Region 3 keeper.
The ODP team answered back to tie up the game. With just 7:29 remaining in the game, the Region 3 player crossed the ball and a forward finished it past Auburn’s goalkeeper Allison Whitworth.
Auburn and Region 3 battled out the last minutes of the game, but both fell short of a score, ending with a 1-1 tie.
“Playing the Region 3 ODP team was a good test for us,” Associate Head Coach Matthew Mott said. “We created great chances against a quality team, we just had trouble finishing those opportunities.”
It was a completely different story in the showcase game against the University of Michigan. The Tigers came out and made a statement shutting out the Wolverines 3-0.
The Tigers notched their first mark in the 16th minute of the first half. Ashley Willis and Jada Stewart earned assists for the Tigers. Willis found Stewart’s feet on the sideline. Stewart crossed the ball finding K. Stewart in front of the goal, who one-touched it into the net.
In the second half, the Tigers put the game out of reach by putting away two more goals. In the 20th minute of the second half, Jada Stewart was fouled inside the box earning a penalty kick for Auburn. Ronda Brooks stepped up to her second penalty kick of the spring and buried it into the net.
The Tigers third and final goal came 27:40 into the second half when Ashley Eason took the ball down the flank. Eason crossed the ball to Jac Schwarz, who received the ball, turned and shot.
“We had some great chances and some great goals today. To do that against Michigan, a nationally competitive Big 10 team, shows that our hard work on this new system has really paid off,” Mott said.
“Not only did the offense play well, but we saw some solid defensive effort today, especially from Jenny Zarzour and the back four.”
The Tigers’ goalkeepers, Anna Fiser and Allison Whitworth had a stand-out day as well, allowing just one goal between the two of them in 150 minutes of play.
Auburn will take on the ’88 Vestavia Attack at 11 a.m. and the University of Alabama at 7 p.m., again in Huntsville, on April 16. The games will be a part of a charity event for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.