Auburn and Harvard Dual To A 0-0 Tie

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Auburn and Harvard Dual To A 0-0 Tie

Sept. 19, 2003

Jac Schwarz

Hanover, N.H. --  The No. 19-ranked Auburn soccer team (4-1-1) played to a 0-0 double overtime tie with the Crimson of Harvard here Friday afternoon in the adidas/Hypertherm Tournament hosted by Dartmouth. The weather was a factor during the game as remanence from Hurricane Isabel brought rain and strong winds to the area.

"This was a good goalkeeper and defending game," head coach Karen Hoppa said. "It was hard for us to get in behind Harvard's backs. They did a great job of shutting down the gaps. It was just two quality Division I teams going against each other here today."

The first half remained scoreless, but the Tigers pressured out-shooting Harvard 6-to-2 with two Auburn shots on goal. Auburn also had prime opportunities with six corner kicks on the half, while the Crimson had just one.

Auburn's defense, led by junior Jenn Walters, made Auburn goalkeeper Megan Rivera's day light keeping the Crimson from shots on goal in the first half.

The second half was much of the same as the defensive effort from both teams was stepped up. The Tigers out-shot Harvard 6-to-5 and Rivera and the AU defense stepped up big with saves down the stretch.

In overtime, Harvard put on the pressure out-shooting Auburn 5-to-0. With just two minutes remaining in the second overtime, Rivera made two consecutive diving stops to save the game and bring the final score to 0-0.

"It was crazy out here today," Rivera said. "It was windy and cold, but the wind kept switching directions so you couldn't even use it to your advantage. At the end of the game, they took a shot from just outside the six box and I dove to the right to stop it. They had another player ready to frame it with another shot, but I knew I had my teammates behind me to help cover."

Auburn will face Dartmouth in the conclusion of the adidas/Hypertherm Tournament on Sunday, Sept. 21 at 12 p.m. CDT.