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Auburn Falls 1-0 at Florida in Overtime

Auburn Falls 1-0 at Florida in Overtime

October 5, 2003

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 Sarah Steinmann

GAINESVILLE, FL - The No. 14-ranked Auburn soccer team (7-2-2, 0-1-1 SEC) saw its win streak come to a halt here Sunday afternoon in a 1-0 overtime loss to the Florida Gators when Christine Johnson scored just 1:58 into overtime for Florida.

"I talked to the team before the game about how the last time we were here our seniors were freshmen and we got beat 6-0," head coach Karen Hoppa said. "Now we are legitimate competitors and I think we showed that today. These were two quality top 25 teams. It is just a disappointment the way it ended."

The Tigers saw another scoreless half against Florida in the first, but also held the Gators scoreless extending Auburn's streak of not allowing a goal. The Gators outshot the Tigers 6-to-3 in the first half and Florida had two corner kick opportunities to Auburn's none.

Florida dominated a majority of the chances in the second half, but could not put one in goal as the scoreless second half forced the game into overtime; Auburn's second overtime in three days. Shots in regulation were in favor of Florida at 11-to-6 and the Gators took every corner kick at 8-to-0.

Just 1:58 into overtime, Florida's Christine Johnson took a pass from Robin Fulton. Johnson sent her shot from five yards out past Auburn goalkeeper Megan Rivera to win at 1-0 in the first overtime. The controversial goal was protested by Hoppa, but was allowed.

Auburn will now return home for its first home SEC matches Friday, Oct. 10 against Vanderbilt at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 12 vs. Kentucky at 2:30 p.m. in an SEC-TV televised game. 



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