Richter Reaches 100, With 4-0 Win Over South Alabama
September 15, 2002
AUBURN - The Auburn soccer team (6-0) remains undefeated with a 4-0 lop-sided victory over the University of South Alabama (3-3) Sunday afternoon. The win marks head coach Karen Richter’s 100th career coaching win.
Coach Karen Richter
“We had some trouble in the first half putting the ball away,” Richter said. “We picked it up in the second half even though we didn’t have a lot of adjustments to make from the first half. We got into a good rhythm, which was just what we wanted to do.”
The Tigers came out quickly, putting pressure on Amber Angermeier, USA’s goalkeeper, in just the second minute of play. Restarting play from a free kick, Jenny Zarzour sent a high cross into the penalty box to a charging Chrissy Culver. Culver, with a glancing header, put the ball just wide of the far post.
Again the team came close in the seventh minute off a cross from Culver. A USA defender got to the ball first in the air and tried to head the ball clear of the goal. Sarah Steinmann, on the late run, was in perfect position and unleashed a power shot from the half volley, but the ball was high and over the crossbar.
In the 25th minute, Auburn finally capitalized on its opportunities and put one away. Jen Walters sent a through pass down the right side to an open Jaqueline Schwarz. Schwarz took one touch before sending a hard, low cross, from the endline, into the six-yard box. After taking a deflection, a waiting Zarzour was able to net the easy goal.
The Tigers really stepped up their play in the second half. Starting in 68th minute, the team got its second goal. Kristen Stewart, on the right side, lost her defender and quickly sent a pass into the box at about the penalty mark. Schwarz tried to one-time a shot from the pass and had it rebound off USA’s Angermeier’s feet. Schwarz made the second chance count as she sent the rebound in the net, under the diving keeper.
In an almost exact copy, three minutes later, Stewart crossed an Ashley Eason pass to the center of the box. Niki Schier, sprinting in to the box, without trapping the ball, blasted it near post to improve the Tigers score to 3-0.
The scoring finished in the 76th minute. Steinmann found Schwarz in the crowded USA penalty box. Schwarz received the ball and turned towards the goal from about 10 yards out. Her shot was placed just outside the reach of USA’s goalkeeper.
Megan Rivera collected her third shutout, in as many games. It was pretty uneventful for her, as the USA attack was only able to mount one shot on goal, which Rivera easily smothered. She needs just two more shutouts to match her record last year, of five.
Richter’s 100th win comes from three seasons at Central Florida (64-44-9) and just over three seasons at Auburn (36-28-1).
“I was fortunate enough to get started as a head coach at a young age,” Richter said. “I have also had some great players to work with and Assistant Head Coach Matt Mott has been with me for probably 80 of those wins. Coach Mott and my other Assistant Heather Welker have been a huge part of this and we hope to add to it.”
The Tigers will be on the road next week as they face Rhode Island on Sept. 20 and Massachusetts on Sept. 22, both in Amherst, Mass. and at 2 p.m. CDT. Auburn soccer will return to the AU Soccer Complex on Sept. 27 to face New Mexico at 7:30 p.m.