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Auburn Remains Undefeated With 2-1 Win At Miami

Auburn Remains Undefeated With 2-1 Win At Miami

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Auburn's Sunday match with Indiana University has been moved to Saturday at 7 pm ET

Sept. 10, 2004

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The No. 17-ranked Auburn soccer team (5-0) remained undefeated after a 2-1 win over Miami (0-3) here Friday afternoon in mid-90 degree heat.

“We have a young team and we are trying to figure out how to play 90 minutes together,” Auburn head coach Karen Hoppa said. “Kristin (Stewart) is such a spark off the bench for us and gets great endlines. Courtney (Crandell) did an outstanding job on her goal. She stayed composed and took extra touches to get close enough to finish.”

Auburn found itself down at the half for the first time all season as the Hurricanes scored at the 23:39 mark on a penalty kick by Lindsey Yach. Sophomore defender Jada Stewart fouled a Hurricane forward in the box to set up the penalty shot. Yach sent the shot past Auburn goalkeeper Megan Rivera into the bottom left side for the score.

At the conclusion of the half, the Tigers found themselves down 1-0 with shots at a 6-5 Miami advantage.

The Tigers got on the board with 23 minutes remaining in the match as Jada and Kristin Stewart assisted on the Steinmann goal. Jada passed the ball to Kristin, who dribbled to the left endline. Kristin found Steinmann at the right side of the goal on a cross and Steinmann reached to tap in the ball past Miami goalkeeper Lauren McAdam at 66:15.

Though battling sickness throughout the game, junior transfer Courtney Crandell put Auburn ahead for good on her first goal as a Tiger. Crandell took a feed from Chrissy Culver and had a breakaway down the middle sending the shot past McAdam in the bottom left corner with just 4:31 remaining in the contest.

The Auburn defense played tough in the second half holding the Hurricanes to just two shots, compared to 10 by the Tigers.

“I think we struggled early, but we pulled through,” goalkeeper and Miami native Megan Rivera said. “We held our own in the first half, but played much better in the second. I was a little nervous playing in front of my family and friends, but it is great to be here and be able to play in front of them.”

Auburn will take on Indiana in Coral Gables Saturday at 6 p.m. CDT. It is the first time the teams have played each other. The Hoosiers now sit at 3-1 after defeating Florida International 5-1 on Friday.



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