Auburn Soccer Defeats Mississippi State, 2-0
October 11, 2002
AUBURN- The Auburn Tiger soccer team (10-3, 2-1 SEC) earned another shutout in SEC play as they defeated Mississippi State (4-9, 1-2 SEC) with a score of 2-0 here Friday night. The shutout brings Auburn to a total of eight for the season and was Mississippi State's first time, in 16 games, to be shutout, dating back to Oct. 25 2001 against Florida.
Auburn put the pressure on MSU early in the game. The MSU
defense was pressed against their own goal for the first four minutes, as the Tigers repeatedly attacked. It did not take long for Auburn to capitalize on their opportunities.
In the third minute of play, Sarah Steinmann was able to make a
run down the left side, towards the endline. Beating her defender,
Steinmann was able to cut in and send a low cross in the box. Courtney Hubert, the MSU goalkeeper, made a dive to smother the ball but just fell out of reach. A waiting Sara Powers was able to slot the ball in the net from about six yards out.
"We knew we had to come out and play strong," Power said.
"It was great to put up a win against Mississippi State after losing to them last year."
The Tigers took their second opportunity in the 20th minute. Steinmann won the ball in the attacking third and carried it down the left flank. Pressured by a couple of MSU defenders, Steinmann lofted a ball into the box, just outside the six-yard mark. Powers was able to
leap first to the ball in the air and head the ball past the keeper, into the net. The score tied Powers for goals on the season with Steinmann and Chrissy Culver at five.
Auburn, with five regular season games remaining, has already amassed its goal total from last season as the Tigers scored 31 in 2001 and have scored 33 this season.
In the second half, MSU came alive and put the Auburn defense on
their toes. MSU, on a few occasions, played balls over the defense,
hoping to run through. Megan Rivera was on her toes and stifled two of MSU's shots on goal. The saves helped Rivera to her sixth shutout of
the season, which beats her personal best of five and moves her to the
top of the list for career shutouts among Auburn goalkeepers.
"This was a good win for us," head coach Karen Richter said. "I am pleased with how we came out. There was great team play tonight and great individual play from Sarah Steinmann and Sara Power. They both had great runs and made some impressive plays for us."
Auburn will continue SEC play this Sunday, as they take on Ole Miss at the AU Soccer Complex at 1:00 p.m. The Rebels are coming off a 2-1 win at Alabama Friday night.