No. 13 Auburn Soccer Rebounds to Defeat UNLV 4-0
September 14, 2003
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Auburn soccer team (4-1) rebounded from its first loss of the season defeating UNLV 4-0 here Sunday afternoon scoring three goals in the first half and adding another in the second at the UNLV Classic.
“I am real proud of their effort today,” head coach Karen Hoppa said. “We were not pleased at all on Friday with the performance and what a test of character it is to see them come out here and play like this today. Not a single player had a bad game. Everyone stepped it up today.”
Auburn got on the board at the 11:55 mark as freshman Ronda Brooks posted an unassisted goal blasting a shot up the center of the field from just outside the box past UNLV goalkeeper Jenna Huff.
Nine minutes later, the Tigers took the ball down the field untouched for their second score of the game at the 20:48 mark. Auburn goalkeeper Megan Rivera punted the ball to forward Jac Schwarz, who dribbled down the field and sent a pass down the left side allowing Sarah Steinmann to send a shot into the right corner of the net.
Finishing off scoring in the first half, Kellie Evans took a direct kick, which was picked up by Steinmann. Steinmann sent a shot towards the UNLV goal and Brooks scored her second goal of the day on a header off the feed bringing the Auburn advantage to 3-0 at the half.
Auburn wasted no time in the second half scoring on a Steinmann corner kick, which hit the post and went past the Rebels’ second keeper of the day Desiree Kelly at 48:54.
UNLV had a scoring opportunity midway through the second half as it appeared forward Nickie Olson had a breakaway towards the Auburn goal. Tiger senior defender Lindsey Wadkins caught up to Olson to cut off the shot, which sailed wide right of the net.
“Our forwards did a great job of getting those opportunities to score,” senior defender Erin Hinson said. “And Megan Rivera is always ready to go regardless of whether or not she has had a lot of action during the game.”
Auburn will now travel to Hanover, N.H. for the Dartmouth Tournament to take on Harvard Friday, Sept. 19 at 12 p.m. CDT and Dartmouth Sunday, Sept. 21 at 12 p.m.