AU Soccer Shuts Out Furman 3-0 Behind Three Second Half Goals In Season Opener

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AU Soccer Shuts Out Furman 3-0 Behind Three Second Half Goals In Season Opener  

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 Chrissy Culver

August 27, 2004

AUBURN
- The No. 23-ranked Auburn soccer team scored three second half goals against Furman en route to a 3-0 shutout of the Paladins in the 2004 season opener here Friday in front of 1,206 fans at the AU Soccer Complex.
      
"This was a typical first game," Auburn head coach Karen Hoppa said. "We had a lot of new players on the field, including some that were hurt last season. I think they did a great job of improving in the second half. It was wonderful to get Steinmann and Culver scoring in the second half. That second goal was within five minutes of the first and that is something that we preach the importance of."
       
The two teams battled to a scoreless tie in the first half and shots were 6-3 in favor of the Tigers at the break. Auburn had several chances at scoring, including a Ronda Brooks header just 6:59 into the first half.
       
In the second half, Jada Stewart beat a diving Andie Hinshaw at the 52:11 (37:49) mark from five yards out to mark AU's first goal of the 2004 campaign. Less than two minutes later at the 54:03 mark, Chrissy Culver increased AU's lead to 2-0 with a direct shot from three yards out off a Sarah Steinmann assist.
       
"There were a lot of defenders there," Culver said about her goal, "but Steinmann fought hard and I got a shot off. I think the first half started off slow, but we were able to pick it up in the second half and get in the flow. That happens a lot in first games."
       
With less than six minutes remaining in the contest, Steinmann capped the scoring for the evening with a left-footed shot from the ride side at the 83:38 mark. Junior Courtney Crandell set up the play dribbling through three defenders down the middle and sending a pass to Steinmann towards the endline.
       
Auburn concluded the match out-shooting Furman 21-4 while taking eight corner kicks, to the Paladins' one.
       
The Tigers conclude their opening weekend with a home match vs. in-state rival UAB Sunday, Aug. 29 at the AU Soccer Complex. The match is set to begin at 2 p.m. Admission is free.
       
"UAB is a tremendous team," Hoppa said. "The state championship isn't just Auburn and Alabama anymore. UAB and other schools in Alabama have become very competitive so this should be a great game."