No. 20 Auburn Soccer Defeats Georgia 1-0 Earning First SEC Win
Oct. 6, 2002
ATHENS, Ga. - The Auburn soccer team improved to 9-3 overall (1-1 SEC) and picked up its first Southeastern Conference win in a 1-0 victory over Georgia here Sunday afternoon.
"I couldn't be prouder of our effort," head coach Karen Richter said. "Our defense has always been our strength and they have a lot of pride. Kellie Evans played about 80 minutes for us so for her to get back and save that goal at the end just shows her great desire to get back. Megan Rivera really stepped up her game as well and looked very sharp."
Although the first 20 minutes of the game was dominated offensively by the Bulldogs, Auburn picked up the first score of the game as junior Sandy Carnes earned her first goal of the season. The Tigers' attack began on a corner kick, but after an initial shot by Auburn and a block by Georgia goalkeeper Ashley Lindsey, Auburn took numerous shots on goal, but could not get past the Georgia defense. Carnes finally picked up a rebound and sent the ball into the goal at the 24:29 mark.
"We came out and played tough and had a good effort," Carnes said. "We knew what we had to do and every position played well today. The defense goes out and gives 100 percent in every game and it was especially a great defensive effort by Kellie Evans. I really thought that shot was going in."
In the first half, the Tigers outshot Georgia 6-to-5, but only one of the Bulldogs' shots were on goal as compared to three for Auburn.
Second half action saw the shots exchanged on both sides of the field. The Georgia pressure, however, picked up in the final 10 minutes of the game as the Bulldogs had some outstanding chances. With just over three minutes remaining, Auburn midfielder Kellie Evans blocked a shot in goal as the initial shot was blocked by AU goalkeeper Megan Rivera.
The Tigers held on with some impressive saves from Rivera and an outstanding defensive front from Carnes, Jen Walters, Erin Hinson and Ashley Eason as the Bulldogs tallied six shots in the second half.
Auburn will be back in action Friday, Oct. 11 when the Tigers host Mississippi State in a 7:30 p.m. SEC match up at the AU Soccer Complex.