Auburn Shuts Out Samford in 1-0 Victory
September 26, 2003
AUBURN - The 15th-ranked Auburn Tigers (6-1-1) came away with a tight 1-0 shutout of the Samford Bulldogs here Friday night at the AU Soccer Complex, ending their nation-leading shutout streak at 564 minutes.
“This was a hard-fought match,” head coach Karen Hoppa said. “It was close down to the wire and was a great defensive effort by the team. In the second half, we really stepped it up and began playing better possession.”
Junior goalkeeper Megan Rivera picked up her sixth shutout of the season and the 20th of her career.
Auburn’s lone goal came 16 minutes into the game when Chrissy Culver looked to take a shot on goal, but crossed to a charging Jac Schwarz. Samford’s goalkeeper Crystal Royall came out to face Culver’s shot giving Schwarz the open net. The goal was Schwarz’s second of the season.
The Tigers dominated the contest statistically outshooting the Bulldogs 12-to-4 and taking nine corner kicks to Samford’s zero. The game, however, was very physical on both sides of the ball as Auburn accumulated 13 fouls and Samford collected 12.
“We knew that Samford had been playing well coming into this game,” senior midfielder Kellie Evans said. ““They played a very tough game and were very physical. It felt like an SEC game. We had some chances, but it was good to get one early.”
Auburn is back in action at home on Sunday, Sept. 28 as the Rice Owls come to town for a 1 p.m. meeting at the AU Soccer Complex. Admission is free and the first 650 fans will receive Mayfield Dairy ice cream and the first 200 fans will receive mini coolers.