No. 14 Auburn and South Carolina Battle to 0-0 Tie
October 3, 2003
COLUMBIA, SC - The No. 14-ranked Auburn soccer team (7-1-2, 0-0-1 SEC) battled to a 0-0 double overtime score here Friday night against the South Carolina Gamecocks (7-3-2, 0-0-1 SEC) to open up the Southeastern Conference season.
“It is frustrating when you are dominating and can’t put the ball in the net,” head coach Karen Hoppa said. “We felt we should have been up one, two or even three goals in the first half. This was definitely not our home field. The bounce was not with us tonight.”
The first half saw Auburn control most of the action as the Tigers tallied nine shots as opposed to South Carolina’s two. Auburn’s two strongest chances came just three minutes apart as Sarah Steinmann had a solid shot with 16:30 remaining in the half and Jac Schwarz charged in for a rebound shot. The second chance came at 13:24 when Ronda Brooks, Jada Stewart and Schwarz all took chances at the goal.
South Carolina fought back in the second half controlling the ball and keeping the Auburn defense busy. With 26 minutes remaining in the half, USC’s Ashley Gosnell went down with an injury and was down on the field for 10 minutes. When play resumed, momentum changed in the Tigers’ favor.
Although shots were 12-to-6 at an Auburn advantage after regulation, neither team could capitalize on opportunities in the second half, as the game went into overtime. In regulation, the Gamecocks made no shots on goal.
Auburn and South Carolina fought back and forth during both overtime periods, but could not come up with a score. The Tigers outshot the Gamecocks 14-to-6 with USC’s Elise Matthews making five saves while the Auburn defense kept Megan Rivera from having to make any saves on the night.
“This was definitely a tough game,” Auburn defender Sandy Carnes said. “South Carolina was better than we expected. They improved a lot from last season. They are a very good team. Our goal tonight was to win all the 50-50 balls and I think we played very well as a team. Hopefully, we can just keep going at them.”
The Tigers will now travel to Gainesville to face No. 8 Florida in a 1:30 p.m. CDT matchup. Florida stands at 9-1-0 on the season and 1-0-0 in SEC play after defeating Alabama 5-0 on Friday night.