September 19, 2004
AUBURN - Auburn suffered its first loss at home since the 2001 season, as the Tigers fell 1-0 in double overtime to No. 6 Kansas here Sunday afternoon, ending Auburn's impressive 23-game streak without a loss.
"This was a great game between two great teams," Auburn head coach Karen Hoppa said. "We are pretty solid at home and it shows by the fact that it took the No. 6 team in the country to end that streak.
"If you know soccer, you know that this was an excellent game," Hoppa continued. "We knew it was going to take an outstanding goal to win the game, and that is what happened. It is a shame that someone had to lose."
Kansas got off to a strong start in the first half as the Jayhawks out-shot the Tigers 7-2. Auburn goalkeeper Megan Rivera made five saves in the first to keep the game at a 0-0 tie heading into the half.
In the second, the Tigers came charging back outshooting Kansas 9-5 and forced Jayhawk goalkeeper Meghan Miller to make five saves. With both goalkeepers playing exceptional, the game was forced into overtime with shots at 12-11 in favor of Kansas at the end of regulation.
"We had several good looks at the goal," Hoppa said. "But we just couldn't get it in the goal. We had a good week of practice and the team did a great job of working through the distractions that we had with Hurricane Ivan."
In the first overtime period, Auburn and Kansas again played back and forth as each team recorded two shots on goal. Just 2:34 into the second overtime, Kansas picked up its seventh win of the season as Monica Brothers shot on goal, but had the ball deflected by the Auburn defense. Holly Gault intercepted the deflection and headed the ball into the right side, past a diving Rivera.
At the end of the contest, Kansas had out-shot Auburn 16-13 and shots on goal were tied at 9-9. The Jayhawks were issued three yellow cards including Caroline Smith at 13:54, Afton Sauer at 35:09 and Danika Erickson at 97:07.
The Tigers had not lost at home since another 1-0 loss to Georgia on Oct. 7, 2001. Auburn now holds a 57-27-9 record at the AU Soccer Complex.
Auburn falls to 5-2-0 on the season and Kansas improves to 7-1-0. The Tigers prepare to enter SEC play Sept. 24 as South Carolina comes to town for a 7 p.m. CDT meeting. On Sunday, Auburn will take on No. 4 Florida at 2 p.m. at the AU Soccer Complex.
"We have to re-group now," Hoppa stated. "Things won't get any easier for us as we start conference play. We just have to build on the things we did well today; and we really did do a lot well."