Auburn Soccer Defeats Evansville 3-1
September 1, 2002
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AUBURN- The Auburn soccer team, playing its second game of the season, defeated Evansville, 3-1, Sunday afternoon at the Auburn University Soccer Complex. Freshmen lead the way for Auburn, scoring two of the three goals in the game for the Tigers.
"We were a little sluggish in the first half before we got a goal." Assistant head coach Matt Mott, who is filling in for head coach Karen Richter, who is currently with the U.S. U-19 Women's National team at the World Youth Championship in Canada.
Christina Culver opened the scoring for Auburn in the fifth minute of play. Sarah Steinmann made a run from half field into the Evansville penalty box and took a powerful shot. The Evansville goalkeeper, Katie Howard, was only able to deflect the ball, which then landed in front of Culver, who slotted the ball near post.
Auburn's next goal came in the 64th minute from the combination of two freshmen. Jesse Allan carried the ball down the center of the field, before laying off a forward pass to Kristen Stewart in the box. Stewart turned with the ball and placed it just out of the reach of the opposing goalkeeper.
Evansville pulled within one goal off a penalty kick, after Lindsey Wadkins brought down Evansville's Kristin Prom in the box.
The two freshman joined up again in the 79th minute, reversing roles. Kristen Stewart placed a pass into the path of a sprinting Allan. Allan, fighting off an Evansville defender, dribbled into the box and nailed a shot past the goalkeeper, to end the scoring at 3-1.
"Stewart and Allan gave us a good lift in the second half," stated Mott. "I really think that helped us secure the victory."
Auburn will be in action again, Thursday, Sept. 5, against Furman in Greenville, S.C. at 6 p.m. CDT.