Auburn Picks Up Seventh Shutout of The Season in 2-0 Win Over Rice
September 28, 2003
AUBURN - The No. 15-ranked Auburn soccer team earned its seventh shutout of the year in a 2-0 win over Rice here today bringing their record to 7-1-1 as the Tigers prepare for SEC play next weekend.
"If you would have said in preseason that we would be 7-1-1 heading into SEC play, I would take it," head coach Karen Hoppa said. "The first half of this game really went in phases. We did a great job of finishing today, especially with that second goal. Ronda (Brooks) is so athletic and smart and really made that play happen."
The Tigers got on the board at the 20:25 mark on their first shot of the game. Sarah Steinmann served a pass through two defenders to junior Chrissy Culver coming down the right side. Rice's goalkeeper, Lauren Shockley, came out to challenge the shot and Culver put the ball up and into the right side of the net.
"I saw Sarah and we normally have a good connection," Culver said. "I started making my run and when I finally got my chance, I put it in."
Auburn took a 1-0 lead into halftime controlling the game offensively with seven shots to the Owls' none.
Freshman Ronda Brooks set up Auburn's second goal of the game at 67:02 as she dribbled the ball all the way up the field. Brooks finally saw a clearing and sent the ball to Culver. Culver made a quick pass to Jac Schwarz, who took a shot towards the goal. Steinmann ran in to re-direct the ball on a header, which beat Shockley on the left side of the net.
The Owls threatened down the stretch, having a goal called back with two and a half minutes remaining. Rice had another strong chance with just :24 seconds remaining, but Auburn goalkeeper Megan Rivera came up with a diving save to retain her seventh shutout of the season. The shutout was also Rivera's 21st of her career, which is now fifth all time in SEC history.
Auburn begins its attempt to repeat as SEC Champions as it begins SEC play Friday, Oct. 3 at South Carolina and Sunday, Oct. 5 at No. 5-ranked Florida.