Auburn Soccer Drops Tough 1-0 Game To Arizona State
September 29, 2002
ATHENS, GA – For the first time this season, the Auburn soccer team was shutout in a 1-0 loss to Arizona State (6-1-2) here at the Georgia Soccer Stadium Sunday afternoon bringing their record to 8-2 on the season.
Foward Sarah Steinmann
The Tigers dominated the start of the first half, but Arizona State jumped on the board first at the 21:43 mark. Brittany Cooper of ASU sent a shot over the Auburn defense where Elizabeth Bogus intercepted the pass and sent the shot past AU goalkeeper Megan Rivera as she came out to get the ball, bringing the score 1-0 Sun Devils.
In the first half, shots were tied with four each from Auburn and Arizona State; however, three of ASU’s shots were on goal and the Sun Devil’s goalkeeper Kelly Fitzgerald did not have to make a save in the half.
The defensive stand continued in the second half as the Tigers had just three chances and the Sun Devils shot on goal only one time.
With just over six and a half minutes left in the match, Arizona State had a prime opportunity to move to a two-goal advantage on a Haley Stein breakaway, but Rivera made the initial block on the ground and got up to chase down the ball as it reached the goal line making the save.
Just two minutes later, the Tigers nearly tied it up as Sarah Steinmann crossed the ball to the middle of the goal. The ball deflected off of Auburn’s Chrissy Culver and she sent it back over to Steinmann on the left side. Steinmann crossed to Kristen Stewart, who then just missed on a header
to the right of the ASU goal.
Auburn out-shot the Sun Devils 8-7 in the game, but ASU put five of those shots right at Rivera including three from Bogus.
“We knew that No. 7 (Elizabeth Bogus) was fast, she just was just faster than we thought,” head coach Karen Richter said. “This was our first shutout and they got it deservedly so. They had a great defensive effort.
“We had a great chance late in the game and I really thought we’d get that one, but it didn’t go our way. Our defense really did well, but one time they got behind us and they capitalized on it.”
The Tigers will again be in action when they travel to Tennessee Friday, Oct. 4 for a 6 p.m. CDT Southeastern Conference match up. Auburn will again be in Athens, Ga., to meet up with Georgia on Sunday, Oct. 6 in a 2:30 CDT match, which will be broadcast live on FOX Sports South.