No. 20 Auburn Earns 3-0 Shutout At Samford
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Sept. 2, 2004
BIRMINGHAM — The No. 20-ranked Auburn Tigers (3-0) earned a 3-0 win over Samford (0-3) in their first road game of the season in front of a record attendance of 1,054. Auburn earned its second shutout of the season and have out-scored opponents 9-1 in those three games.
“That two goal lead is the most dangerous in soccer because you let them score and they have momentum going,” head coach Karen Hoppa said. “The team did a good job of sustaining a longer attack. This was a fabulous soccer environment. It is so unique because it is surrounded by trees and the fans are so close to the field and were getting into the game. But our girls did a wonderful job of playing through it tonight.”
The Tigers earned an early score at the 35:03 mark as junior Christie Cigno picked up her first goal of the season. Jenny Zarzour dribbled the ball finding Ronda Brooks near the right endline. Brooks crossed to a charging Cigno down the middle and sent the ball in the right side past Samford goalkeeper Crystal Royall.
Late in the half, Auburn had an outstanding chance as Brooks just missed a header that hit the crossbar and bounced above the goal. At the conclusion of the first half, Auburn totaled five shots to Samford’s two.
Auburn had to hold on to the 1-0 lead until 23 minutes remained in regulation, as the Tigers put another goal on the board. Cigno had a shot on goal that was blocked and was immediately followed by a shot from Sarah Steinmann. The shot again was blocked, but on the rebound, junior midfielder Sara Power took advantage of her position and sent the shot in the goal from three yards out for the 2-0 lead.
In the 85th minute, Courtney Crandell dribbled inside the box and was taken down by a Samford defender and Auburn was awarded a penalty kick. Senior defender Jenn Walters took the kick and sent the shot easily past the keeper for the 3-0 lead with 4:29 remaining the game.
“It was so important to get that third goal,” Walters said. “As a defense, one of our goals is to increase our shutouts this year. With Megan (Rivera) in goal, it is easy. But me, Ronda and (Ashley) Eason take pride in that as well and try hard to help her out.”
Rivera earned her second shutout of the season and improved her school record 28 shutouts in her career.
The Tigers will travel to Williamsburg, Va., Sunday for a 1 p.m. match with William & Mary. Live game action can be heard on 1400 AM WANI and www.auburntigers.com.