Auburn Soccer Defeats New Mexico, 2-0
September 27, 2002
AUBURN- The Tigers remain undefeated at home as they defeated New Mexico here Friday night with a score of 2-0. The shutout also brings goalkeeper Megan Rivera's total games without a goal allowed to four.
"I am very proud of our effort," head coach Karen Richter said. "The defense did a great job of eliminating any chances that New Mexico had. Kristen (Stewart) had a great effort on her goal and it came at a very key time in the game so it was huge for us."
Auburn came out strong as soon as the whistle was blown to start play. In the first ten seconds of play, the Tigers had marched down to the New Mexico endline and played a ball into the center of the penalty box. Sarah Steinmann was in good position but could only push the ball wide of the far post.
Steinmann capitalized on one of her many opportunities in the 19th minute. Jaqueline Schwarz was able to play a ball out to Steinmann on the left side. Steinmann then dribbled the ball towards goal with a defender pressuring her. She was able to cut the ball across her body at 18-yards out and slotted the right-footed shot past the keeper, far post.
The Tigers ended the half with the final score of the game in the 44th minute. Kristen Stewart was able to win a ball near half field and turned to goal. Dribbling through four defenders, Stewart carried the ball to the 18-yard box and whipped a low ball, under the keeper, into the net.
Second half Auburn stepped up the defense, while New Mexico picked up the attack. With no shots in the first half, New Mexico was able to pull together four in the second. Rivera was only called to service with two of those shots.
"We knew they would play the long ball a lot and we just tried to keep pressure on them," junior defenseman Erin Hinson said. "Megan (Rivera) did a great job tonight. She stepped out to win a lot of balls before they could get to the goal."
Before the game, Head Coach Karen Richter was honored in the center circle for her 100th career victory, which she earned two weeks ago against South Alabama. Senior Women's Administrator Barbara Camp and the team captains presented Richter with the game ball from that night and as well as a plaque.
Freshman forward Ashley Willis left the game with an injury to her lower leg. She will be taken to the hospital for x-rays and evaluation.