Steinmann Scores Two as No. 11 Auburn Defeats Illinois 2-1 in Dramatic Fashion
September 7, 2003
"Sarah did a great job of finishing off that shot for the goal in overtime," head coach Karen Hoppa said. "When she shot it, I didn't think she had a good angle, but her shot was amazing."
Steinmann started off the scoring for the Tigers at 9:48 as she took passes from Jada Stewart and then Chrissy Culver. Steinmann received the pass from Culver and broke through the Illinois defense to send a shot past Fighting Illini goalkeeper Leshia Alcia.
Illinois tied up the game in the second half Jessica Bayne header past Auburn's Megan Rivera just inside the right post. Bayne's header was set up by Christen Karniski's direct kick from and Auburn foul right outside the box.
At the end of regulation, Auburn and Illinois were tied at 1-1 and were to play a 10 minute overtime period.
With just 3:09 remaining in the first overtime, Erin Hinson and Lindsay Giblin set up another Steinmann goal. Giblin crossed the ball to Steinmann, who was far down the left side. Steinmann took the bad angle and sent the shot over Alcia's head for the 2-1 win.
"The goalie came out to challenge me and when she did, I knew I had to chip it over her head and it went in," Steinmann said. "We were all out there trying our hardest and I am glad that it paid off. We just couldn't let down."
No. 11 Auburn moves to 3-0 on the season and will now travel to Las Vegas, Nev., for the UNLV Tournament where the Tigers will face nationally-ranked Pepperdine on Friday, Sept. 12 and UNLV on Sunday, Sept. 14. All Auburn soccer radio broadcasts can heard live onwww.auburntigers.com.