Auburn Well Represented in World Soccer Championship
September 3, 2002
EDMONTON, Alberta – Auburn soccer head coach Karen Richter and sophomore All-American goalkeeper Megan Rivera helped lead the Under-19 U.S. team to a 1-0 sudden death overtime win over host country Canada here in the FIFA World Championship.
“This was obviously an incredible experience for us,” Richter said. “With training and preparing for two years, getting to the final was an exciting task, but to play Canada in Canada in front of all their cheering fans and to win in overtime was just a phenomenal experience.
“The fact that we could bring the championship to the United States and come back to Auburn as world champions, it really means a lot. Megan was a true leader and really showed a lot of class through the entire tournament and we are so proud to have her as an Auburn Tiger.”
U.S. captain Lindsey Tarpley scored the winning goal in front of a crowd of 47,784 at Commonwealth Stadium.
Richter served as the team assistant coach and Rivera earned the backup goalkeeper position to Ashlyn Harris in the first-ever world championship for youth women. Over the two years leading up to the championship, the U.S. team accumulated an astounding 21-1-1 record in international competition.
During the tournament, the U.S. team allowed just two goals in six games while scoring 25
“It was long, but wonderful,” Rivera said. “I can’t even explain the extreme happiness that I felt when we won. I have never felt that way before. I am excited to be home again though and back with the team.”
The Auburn duo will now re-join the Tigers, who are off to a 2-0 start of their own, when they travel to Furman Thursday for a 6 p.m. CDT match.