Auburn Takes 3-1 Victory From In-State Rival UAB
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August 29, 2004
AUBURN -- The No. 23-ranked Auburn soccer team (2-0) defeated UAB 3-1 here Sunday afternoon, improving the Tigers’ home unbeaten streak to 23. Auburn held on to the 3-1 first-half lead for its second win of the young season.
“We didn’t start out the way we wanted to,” said Hoppa commenting on UAB’s early goal. “But I really like the way we responded. I think this team has shown its character early in the season. Playing on our home field really adds confidence with the 12th man and the fact that we have a perfect surface to play on.”
The Blazers got on the board first just 2:11 into the contest as Jana Brauer hooked a corner kick directly in front of the goal and Jenny Rynders headed the ball past Auburn goalkeeper Megan Rivera for the early 1-0 lead.
Just less than 10 minutes later, at the 12:03 mark, Auburn’s Sarah Steinmann took a pass from Chrissy Culver, dribbling past a UAB defender and sending the shot to the right side of the goal.
“The shot was at a tough angle, but I came back in and decided to shoot with my right foot and it went in,” Steinmann said. “Chrissy (Culver) had two important goals for us and has been on fire this weekend. This was just a great way to set the tone for us to start the season.”
With the game tied at 1-1, Culver took a feed from Jada Stewart and sent a header past Blazer goalkeeper Katie Forbis, bringing the score to 2-1 at the 30:11 mark in the first. Just 2:11 later, Culver struck again, this time taking a lesson from UAB, scoring on a header off a corner kick from Kristin Stewart at 32:32.
“I scored my goals this weekend because the team put the balls right at my feel,” Culver said, who scored three goals on the weekend. “Sarah Steinmann put together some great goals herself this weekend and sent me some great balls, which really helped me. Our game Friday night, we started out slow, but by the end of this game, we have gotten in our flow and play well together. Our offensive attack is much better this year than it has ever been.”
At the conclusion of the half, Auburn held a 10-3 shot advantage, as well as a 6-2 advantage on corner kicks. Auburn ended the day outshooting UAB 17-9 and had 12 corner kicks to the Blazers’ three.
During the course of the first and second half, the Tigers used its depth by substituting to counteract for the heat.
“It was really hot today and we needed to use our depth,” Hoppa said. “They really raised our level of play today.”
Auburn will again play an in-state school on Thursday as the Tigers travel to Samford for a 7 p.m. match up. The game will be carried live on the radio on 910 AM WZMG.