Cigno Scores Second Game-Winner Of Weekend As No. 20 Auburn Defeats William & Mary
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Sept. 5, 2004
Williamsburg, Va. -- Auburn survived a late charge in sporadic rain showers as the Tigers (4-0) defeated William & Mary (0-2-2) here Sunday afternoon 2-1 at the Albert-Daly Soccer Complex to remain undefeated on the season.
“This was one of those games where there are a lot of factors like rain, travel, etc. It was not pretty, but it is great to get a win when we are not playing our best soccer,” head coach Karen Hoppa. “Our backs played a great game. Jenn Walters was all over the field. All of them played outstanding. William & Mary will do very well in their conference. This is a great win for us today.”
Auburn added its seventh scorer of the season to the list at sophomore Ronda Brooks scored on a header off a set play. Jada Stewart was taken down close to the left endline which set up a direct kick. Courtney Crandell took the kick, which was sent towards the center of the goal and Brooks headed in the ball from a yard out for the 1-0 lead at 19:12.
At the half, shots were tied at 4-4, but the Tribe had two of those shots on goal as Rivera was forced to make the save.
Just 3:40 into the second half, the Tribe evened up the score on a rare miscue with wet conditions by goalkeeper Megan Rivera. Katie Hogwood took a shot down the right endline at Rivera, who made the initial stop on a rolling ball. The ball went through Rivera’s hands and was picked up by Anna Pawlow, who was charging to the goal. Pawlow sent the shot into the open goal at 48:40 for her first career goal.
Auburn took the advantage back six minutes later as Christie Cigno scored her second goal of the season at 54:43. Kristin Stewart set up the play passing to Cigno in the middle about six yards out. Cigno’s first shot was blocked, but her rebound shot made it past William & Mary goalkeeper Jenna Sommer.
“It was a great 1-2 with Kristin (Stewart) and I was there to follow it up.” said Cigno, who scored her second game-winner of the weekend. “There was great play by both teams today. It got a little messy with the rain, but we recovered well.”
Auburn ended the game with a 9-7 advantage on shots and both teams had just two corner kicks on the day.
The Tigers will now travel to Miami, Fla., for a two-game tournament with the Hurricanes on Friday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. CDT and a match Sunday, Sept. 12 against Indiana at 10:30 a.m. CDT.