Auburn Defeats Tulane 3-0 In Exhibition Matchup
August 21, 2004 Sarah Steinmann
“It was great to get out and play an opponent other than ourselves,” head coach Karen Hoppa said. “I felt the game did what it was designed to do. In the beginning, we were a little out of synch and by the end we were playing much more as a team, which is critical.”
The Tigers are already reaping the benefits of transfer Courtney Crandell as the junior put Auburn on the board at the 10:42 mark with a header past Tulane goalkeeper Megan Morey. Crandell’s goal developed from a Sarah Steinmann shot that hit the crossbar and bounced out to a diving Crandell, bringing the score to 1-0 Auburn.
Auburn took exactly 10 minutes and one second to add to their score as junior defender Ashley Eason and Crandell dribbled down nearly the entire length of the field passing to Steinmann, who sent a shot in from the right side. From just inside the box, Steinmann beat a charging Green Wave goalkeeper to the left side of the goal at the 20:43 mark. Heading into the half, Auburn led Tulane 2-0.
At the conclusion of the first half, the Tigers dominated statistically as they controlled the ball out-shooting Tulane 11-1 and had four corner kicks to the Green Wave’s none.
Just over two minutes into the second half, sophomore Kristin Stewart joined in on the scoring as she took a feed from Huntsville native Jenny Zarzour down the left side. Stewart took a hard shot from just outside the goalkeeper’s box and beat Morey for the score and the 3-0 advantage.
“Jenny, as a redshirt-sophomore, brings great leadership to this team and it was great to see her play in front of her hometown crowd and top it off with an assist,” Hoppa said.
Auburn concluded the match with a 20-2 advantage on shots, including five shots on goal for the Tigers.
Auburn begins the regular season at home at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27 vs. Furman at the AU Soccer Complex. They finish up the opening weekend with a 2 p.m. Sunday match with in-state rival UAB. Admission is free to the public.