Power Scores Game-Winning Goal in Overtime Against Ole Miss
October 10, 2004
The Tigers improved to 10-2-1, 5-0-1 in the Southeastern Conference amidst light rain in the afternoon. The Rebels fell to 6-8-0, 2-4-0 in the SEC.
“We talked this week about how we need to raise our level with a team goal in mind,” Auburn head coach Karen Hoppa said. “These are the moments you train for. Sara (Power) was fresh so she could make that run. We knew this game was going to be a battle. We are just glad we came out on top.”
The Tigers had five corner kicks to Ole Miss’ one in the first half against the Rebels and took a 1-0 lead into the intermission. Christie Cigno scored her third goal of the season after taking an assist from Ronda Brooks. Brooks took a shot and Cigno picked up the rebound and sent it in for a goal at 22:14 into the game for the lone first half score.
AU goalkeeper Megan Rivera allowed her first goal since Oct. 1 against Vanderbilt when Rebel forward Karen Hall tied the match at 1-1 after she fired the ball into the net. Rivera came out to block another shot and could not retreat in time to make the save with the goal open.
At the end of regulation, Auburn had out-shot the Rebels 12-9, but the score stood at 1-1. Just 4:48 into the first overtime, junior midfielder Sara Power gave the Tigers their 10th win of the season. Senior Sarah Steinmann saw Power charging down the right side of the field and sent a pass over the Ole Miss defenders’ head to Power, who took the shot from the right side at five yards out, giving Auburn the 2-1 victory.
“I had to run far to get to the ball,” Power said. “I felt like it was up in the air for an eternity. This is big for me. My parents were here to see it. With the rain, the game gets a lot more physical, but it is fun.”
The win marked the first overtime victory for the Tigers in 2004 and was the fourth consecutive over the Rebels.
The Tigers will take to the road next weekend when they face Arkansas and LSU. Kickoff for the match with the Razorbacks is set for 7 p.m. in Fayetteville, Ark., on Friday, Oct. 15. The Tigers will tangle with the Bayou Bengals Sunday, Oct. 17, beginning at 2 p.m. in Baton Rouge, La.