Tigers Conclude Spring Season With Win, Tie At “Kick A Goal For CCFA” Fundraiser
April 19, 2005
Auburn, Ala. -- Auburn took on the Vestavia Attack and the University of Alabama Crimson Tide Saturday in the 2nd annual “Kick a Goal for CCFA”. The Tigers earned a win and a tie at the event to remain undefeated at the conclusion of the spring season.
In their first game of the day, the Tigers put away the Vestavia Attack 4-1. Auburn started the scoring early in the game with just 2:45 off the clock when Ashley Willis floated a shot past the Vestavia keeper. Kristin Stewart banked a shot off the goalkeeper that came back to Willis just outside the 18-yard box. Willis shot over the head of the keeper to put the Tigers up 1-0.
With 10 minutes remaining in the 30-minute half, Jada Stewart combined with sister Kristin Stewart to put her eight yards out from the goal. Kristin Stewart then placed the ball past the keeper into the right side of the net to earn her what would end up being the game-winning goal.
Vestavia answered back in the 27th minute when a forward was played in behind the Auburn defense and slid the ball past goalkeeper Anna Fiser.
The scoring continued for the Tigers in the second half as Kristin Stewart put the game out of reach of the Attack. Just 55 seconds into the half, Jada Stewart found Kristin Stewart, who once again shot the ball on the ground past the Vestavia goalkeeper.
In the 43rd minute, Lauren Brabson’s shot bounced back off the keeper to Kristin Stewart’s feet, approximately eight yards out. Stewart shot the ball into the back of the net, earning her a hat trick on the game.
“Kristin Stewart had an unbelievable game,” head coach Karen Hoppa said. “To score three goals in 60 minutes is quite a feat.”
The second game of the day for the Tigers found them in a SEC battle with rival Alabama. While it was Auburn’s second game of the day, the Tide had fresh legs after having the morning off. Auburn’s offensive firepower from the morning, Kristin Stewart, was also absent for a large part of the game due to an illness.
The Tigers came out to a slow start in the first half earning only three shots and one corner kick. It was the Tide who capitalized first taking a 1-0 lead in the first half. Alabama’s Libby Probst collected a ball that rebounded off Fiser and shot it past the Auburn goalkeeper with 20:15 left to play in the half.
Alabama held that lead until 25th minute of the second half. It was Auburn who took over control of the game at that point, when Ashley Eason crossed the ball to Courtney Crandell, who put it past Alabama’s goalkeeper to tie up the game 1-1.
While the game would remain tied, Auburn created several dangerous chances around the goal mouth forcing the Tide to clear the ball off the line two times within the last 20 minutes.
“What we are proud of the most from the day is how well we played in the second half,” said Hoppa. “We were down 1-0 and came back to tie it up in the second half. We were running just as hard in the last minute of the Alabama game as we were in the first minute of the Vestavia game.”
Hoppa credits this effort to both the character and the fitness of the team.
“The most significant statistic for the spring is that we scored 18 goals and only allowed 5,” Hoppa said. “We are so pleased with our performance this spring season. We went undefeated and created a great foundation to build on in the ’05 season.”
The Tigers end their spring season 5-0-3.