Tigers Defeat Minutemen 6-2 In UMass Soccer Classic
September 22, 2002
– With an impressive offensive threat throughout the game, the Auburn soccer team (7-1) defeated Massachusetts (1-6) by the score of 6-1 Sunday afternoon scoring five goals in the second half to defeat the Minutemen at the UMass Soccer Classic.
“We came out in the second half and just did an unbelievable job of finishing out shots,” head coach Karen Richter said. “I told the team that we need to finish with confidence and they did a great job of that in the second half. I am very proud of their effort, especially with us being down one goal. The character of the team really showed today. They just took care of business.”
The Minutemen got on the board at the 19:15 mark when Erin Lily sent a nice cross to Martha Conover, who headed the ball over Auburn goalkeeper Megan Rivera’s head and into the goal on UMass’ first shot of the game.
Auburn tied up the game at 1-1 at 28:29 when AU freshman Jessie Allan battled two UMass defensemen to free the ball sending it down near the endline to Jen Walters. Walters crossed the ball to the left side of the goal and Sara Power charged in to head the ball past UMass goalkeeper Kelly Nigh.
In the first half, the Tigers dominated shooting as Auburn shot 19 times compared to the Minutemen’s three. Auburn also tallied nine corner kicks while UMass had none.
The Tigers picked up where they left off in the second half, but this time, the shots went in as Sarah Steinmann scored at the 47:45 mark unassisted as she dribbled into the box past a UMass defenseman and scored on Nigh.
Just 36 seconds later, AU’s Walters picked up the ball off a Minutemen defenseman and scored unassisted in the 49th minute making the score 3-1 Auburn. The Auburn barrage of shots continued as Steinmann took the Tigers’ 10th corner kick of the game at 51:19 and Power headed the shot past Nigh for a 4-1 Auburn lead.
Chrissy Culver got in on the Auburn scoring as she fought UMass’ Amy Maffucci all the way to the goal, got off a solid shot and drilled it into the UMass goal at 57:31 for an unassisted goal. Just one minute and 29 seconds later, Culver again sent a shot past Nigh as she took a feed from freshman Kristen Stewart at 58:00.
“We really wanted to come out and focus on us today and we got a lot of chances from that. In the second half we came out fired up and we knew we could score so it was nice to get the goals,” Culver said. “I am glad the ref didn’t call anything when the girl from UMass was holding my shirt all the way down the field because I got a good shot off and luckily it went in.”
At the 67:56, the Minutemen’s Lindsey Bellini capitalized on an opportunity sending a shot past Auburn freshman goalkeeper Laura Snell, who replaced Rivera, bringing the score to 6-2, which was the final score.
The six goals that Auburn scored on UMass ties the most-ever allowed by the Minutemen and is the most-ever scored on the team on their home field.
Offensively, Auburn controlled the game tallying 33 shots (17 on goal) in the game to UMass’ 13 including 14 Tiger shots in the second half alone.
Auburn’s win over UMass gives AU head coach Karen Richter her first win over a former coach of hers. UMass head coach Jim Rudy was Richter’s coach at Central Florida.
The Tigers will have the week off before meeting up with New Mexico Friday, Sept. 27 at the AU Soccer Complex at 7:30 p.m. in a non-conference matchup.
1. 19:15 UMass Martha Conover (Erin Lily)
2. 28:29 Auburn Sara Power (Jen Walters, Jessie Allan)
3. 47:45 Auburn Sarah Steinmann (Unassisted)
4. 48:21 Auburn Jen Walters (Unassisted)
5. 51:19 Auburn Sara Power (Steinmann)
6. 57:31 Auburn Chrissy Culver (Unassisted)
7. 58:00 Auburn Chrissy Culver (Kristen Stewart)
8. 67:56 UMass Lindsey Bellini (Unassisted)