Auburns Richter and Rivera Part of US Soccer History
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Auburn's Richter and Rivera Part of US Soccer History

May 9, 2002

BACOLET, Tobago- Auburn's head soccer coach Karen Richter and sophomore goalkeeper Megan Rivera were part of United States soccer history on Tuesday night in the opening match of the 2002 CONCACAF U-19 Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament.

Both are members of the U.S. team that defeated Suriname 15-0 to win the opening round match. Richter is an assistant coach, while Rivera is part of the 18-player roster.

The history was made in two ways in the match. First off, it marked the first-ever match for the U.S. in world championship qualifying for a U-19 team. Secondly, the 15 goals scored were the most by any U.S. women's soccer team in international play.

The U.S., which leads 1-0 in Group B, returns to the field Thursday against Haiti. They are trying to qualify for the first ever Women's U-19 World Cup to be held in late August in Canada.