No. 11 Auburn Soccer Earns 100th School Victory with 2-0 Win Over SEMO
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No. 11 Auburn Soccer Earns 100th School Victory with 2-0 Win Over SEMO

September 5, 2003

 Sandy Carnes

AUBURN - Sandy Carnes and Jac Schwarz each contributed goals in Auburn's 2-0 win over Southeast Missouri State here Friday night as the AU soccer team captured its 100th win in school history. Head coach Karen Hoppa also hit a landmark on the evening becoming Auburn's winningest coach with 47 wins.

Auburn out-shot the Otahkians 12-5 on the night and junior goalkeeper Megan Rivera made three outstanding saves for the Tigers.

"I think we were disappointed with scoring two goals in the first half and none in the second," Hoppa said. "We couldn't put the game away and we were forced to play safe. We started off a little flat and needed to pick it up and we did."

The Tigers' first score of the night came off a Kellie Evans corner kick fed directly in front of the goal. Carnes charged in at the right time sending a header straight past SEMO goalkeeper Amanda Wrzos at the 24:12 mark.

"On that first goal, Evans played a great ball right in front of the goal and Sandy just headed it right in," Hoppa said. "Sandy and Kellie are close friends and always seem to know where each other are on the field."

Eight minutes later, the Tigers capitalized on another opportunity in the 32nd minute. Schwarz passed to Chrissy Culver down the right side, who in turn, passed back to Schwarz. Schwarz sent a direct shot into the net from five yards out bringing the score to 2-0.

"I was actually very relaxed on that shot," Schwarz said. "We are pretty confident in the fact that we are pretty deep in all our positions, which helps us all around."

The No. 11-ranked Tigers move to 2-0 and will continue their homestand Sunday as they host Illinois at 2 p.m. at the AU Soccer Complex. Admission is free.