Oct. 4, 2009
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn soccer team fell to No. 20 LSU, 2-0, Sunday in a game televised nationally by ESPNU. Auburn fell to 5-4-3 overall and 2-2 in conference play while LSU improved to 8-2-2 overall on the year with a perfect 4-0 in SEC play to continue to sit at the top of the SEC West standings.
"We just didn't do a good enough job today," said head coach Karen Hoppa. "LSU, give them credit, they were the better team. We have got to be better and we need to find a way to generate more offensively."
Auburn had it's first opportunity of the contest at the 37:27 mark of the first half. Senior forward Rebecca Howell sent a cross inside the six-yard box to a streaking Mary Coffed, who hit a chip shot that sailed narrowly over the crossbar leaving the game knotted at 0-0.
LSU scored its first goal at the 19:08 mark as 2008 SEC Offensive Player of the Year Malorie Rutledge's shot from inside the six-yard box gave the Bengal Tigers a 1-0 lead.
Auburn jumped out of the gate in the second half with a solid opportunity. Coffed was fouled 20 yards out resulting in a free-kick for Katy Frierson, but AU came away with nothing as the ensuing shot went wide.
Six minutes later, LSU added to the advantage as forward Melissa Clark found herself deep in Auburn territory five yards off the end-line. She then sent what looked to be a cross through the goal box that narrowly went over the head of a diving Howard to stretch the LSU lead 2-0 with less than 40 minutes remaining.
Freshman Ana Cate, who came on as a reserve in the contest, had a pair of opportunities for Auburn in the second half. The first came with 11 minutes left in the contest as she had an open shot from 25 yards out that flew narrowly over the crossbar. Her second opportunity came in the waning moments of the contest with 4:05 remaining as her shot from 15 yards out off a corner kick was blocked inside the six yard box.
LSU outshot Auburn 17-9 on the match overall. Both goalkeepers, LSU's Mo Isom and Howard of Auburn made three saves apiece.
Auburn returns to action on Fri., Oct. 9 as they travel to Columbia, S.C. to take on the undefeated South Carolina Gamecocks.