October 8, 2004
Auburn -- The No. 23-ranked Auburn soccer squad outshot the Mississippi State Bulldogs 21-5 and had first half scores from Jada Stewart and Jenn Walters en route to a 3-0 win over MSU Friday in front of 914 fans at the AU Soccer Complex.
The Tigers (9-2-1, 4-0-1 SEC) recorded their sixth shutout of the season and the fourth blanking in their last five matches.
"We played great soccer tonight," head coach Karen Hoppa said. "We felt like we dominated in most areas with our speed and possession. We really worked on creating chances and our mobility helped. It was good to see some of our players get good minutes. Time in SEC games is invaluable."
AU outshot the Bulldogs (4-6-3, 1-3-1 SEC) 12-2 in the first half and struck first when Stewart knocked in her second goal of the season, this one a direct kick from just outside the box at the 34:35 mark. Just over seven minutes later, Walters fired a penalty kick past MSU goalkeeper Emily Myers to put the Tigers ahead 2-0. Kristin Stewart set up the PK by dribbling the ball down the field before being fouled near the Mississippi State goal. Walters scored her third goal of the season, all coming on penalty kicks.
In the second half at the 58:09 mark, Courtney Crandell picked up a pass from Chrissy Culver and knocked the ball over Myers' head, just under the cross bar, for AU's third and final goal of the night.
Two players saw their first action at Auburn as goalkeeper Anna Fiser replaced All-American Megan Rivera for 27:36 minutes of play. Kelsey Grossman also saw her first field time as she sat out last season, with an injury.
"After not playing last season, it was nice to come in and
give some minutes," Fiser said. "Coach gave me the call and I was ready. Megan (Rivera) has taught me more than anyone ever has. We have such a great relationship and she motivates me every day. I am lucky to have that."
Auburn ended the game with 21 shots to MSU's five. The Tigers had a season-best 15 corner kicks, while the Bulldogs had one.
The Tigers continue conference play Sunday, Oct. 10, when they play host to Ole Miss. The match is set to begin at 2 p.m. at the Auburn Soccer Complex. Admission is free.