#20 Auburn Soccer Falls To #14 Tennessee 4-2 In SEC Opener
October 4, 2002
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.----Fourteenth-ranked Tennessee (7-3, 1-0) scored four goals in the first 21 minutes and held on to defeat #20 Auburn (8-3, 0-1) 4-2 in Knoxville in the SEC soccer opener for both teams.
Trailing 4-0 at the half, the Tigers came out strong in the second period and cut the Lady Vols' lead in half in less than a three-minute span, getting on the board first on a Kellie Evans' direct free kick at the top of the penalty box at the 71:31 mark. Evans' goal, her third of the season, bended on the ground around the Volunteer wall and brushed the right post and went in.
Sarah Steinmann cut the Vol lead in half just over two minutes later with an unassisted rocket left-footer from the top right corner of the Volunteer penalty box that went into the right side of the net at 73:54.
"We didn't start out well, but I couldn't be more proud of the effort our team showed in the second half," Tiger head coach Karen Richter said. "We solved their forwards defensively and closed the gaps. Our offense started to click in the second half, and we scored some great goals. We outshot them and outcornered them and had some shots to tie the game.
"We learned a lot from this. Tennessee is a great team, and they took it to us with four goals in 21 minutes. It was a great effort, and I am proud of the way we fought back."
Tennessee's Rhian Wilkinson opened the scoring on an assist from Kayla Lockaby just over five minutes into the game at 5:21 and Lyndsey Patterson and Kim Patrick combined on a pair of goals, first at the 8:14 mark and then at 14:45. Patterson's first goal came up the middle on a touch pass while her
second one came on a breakaway up the center.
The Lady Vols' closed out their scoring at 21:08 as Patrick touched it in just in front of the goal on a double assist from Wilkinson and Tara Minnax.
Auburn outshot the Vols 12-11 and had seven corner kicks to three for Tennessee. Tiger goalkeeper Megan Rivera and UT"s Ellen Dean each made three saves while the Lady Vols had 11 fouls to 10 for the Tigers.
Auburn returns to action Sunday against Georgia in Athens, Ga., at 2:30 pm Central on Fox Sports Net South.