#15 Auburn Soccer Dominates In Win Over Middle Tennessee State, 5-0September 13, 2002
F Sarah Steinmann
AUBURN- In a very physical match, with 24 fouls and four yellow cards, No. 15 Auburn (5-0) earned its fourth shutout of the season with a 5-0 over Middle Tennessee State (1-4-1). This marks the best start ever for the Tigers, surpassing last year's start of 4-0.
"It was good for us to get this win tonight," head coach Karen Richter said. "We felt we didn't start with enough energy in the first half. They frustrated us in the beginning, but we settled down and we scored some great goals."
The scoring opened up in the 35th minute, when Kristen Stewart dribbled the ball towards the center, before sending a through ball past the MTSU defense. A charging Chrissy Culver collected the ball and dribbled towards goal. As Danielle Perreault, MTSU's goalkeeper, came out, Culver faked a move to one side before slotting the ball to the far post.
Wasting no time, Auburn came out of halftime pressuring. In the 48th minute, Evans carried the ball down the right side, before blasting a high cross into the box. After the ball bounced once over the MTSU defender and goalkeeper, a waiting Sarah Steinmann was able to head the ball home for Auburn's third goal.
The scoring continued in the 57th as an Auburn defender, Jennifer Walters, decided to get in the attack. Dribbling the ball down the far right side of the field, she saw MTSU's goalkeeper, Perreault, off her line. Walters, then, sent in an amazing shot that sailed in to the goal, upper far post.
Auburn's final goal came in the 79th minute off a free kick. Jessie Allan was fouled just outside the MTSU penalty box and Evans stepped up to take the kick. With a powerful blast, which sailed through the MTSU wall, the ball flew past the diving keeper and into the goal, to end the game 5-0.
"Kellie Evans had an awesome game," Richter said. "She did a great job scoring on both of her chances. Kellie is a really smart player, who sees where the keeper is. This was a tough, physical game and the veterans really stepped up for us."
The scoreline could have been a much greater differential had it not been for some near misses and numerous offsides. Allan, Steinmann and Culver all had clear opportunities to add to the score, but put the ball just wide of the target. Auburn had three goals called back by the
end of the match for offsides calls.
The Tigers will be in action again on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m. against University of South Alabama as head coach Karen Richter goes for her 100th career win against Jaguars.