Auburn Suffers First Loss of Season to Indiana, 1-0

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Auburn Suffers First Loss of Season to Indiana, 1-0

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Sept. 11, 2004
 
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The No. 17-ranked Auburn soccer team (5-1) suffered its first loss of the season here Saturday night in a hard-fought 1-0 loss to Indiana (4-1).

“This was a good game,” Auburn head coach Karen Hoppa said. “The tide has definitely turned for Auburn soccer. We are the hunted now. When teams get one goal on us now, they are going to try to stall like Indiana did with us tonight in the second half and that is a compliment to us.

“Basically, it came down to the fact that we didn’t put enough shots on the frame. I thought we played very well except for that.”

In a hard-fought first half, the game remained scoreless until :38 remaining in the half when the Indiana Hoosiers capitalized on a late run. Kristen Zmijewski sent a pass up the middle to Robin Barker, who got a hard shot off just outside the box to score on a diving Auburn goalkeeper, Megan Rivera.

At the conclusion of the half, despite numerous strong chances by the Tigers, Indiana had five shots on goal, compared to one for Auburn in the 1-0 Hoosier lead.

In the second half, although Auburn out-shot the Hoosiers 6-4, the Tigers could only get two shots on frame. Auburn again had numerous chances including a direct kick by Courtney Crandell with 4:35 remaining in the contest that the Indiana goalkeeper, Lauren Fabbro, had to jump to save. The save resulted in a corner kick for the Tigers, which was headed just over the goal.

The Tigers out-shot Indiana 10-9 in the game, but the Hoosiers put six shots on goal, in comparison to Auburn’s three.

Auburn falls to 5-1 on the season and will return home for a tough weekend. The Tigers will host UNLV Friday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. and will host No. 13-ranked Kansas Sunday at 1 p.m.