Auburn Soccer Battles Past Ole Miss, 3-1
October 13, 2002
AUBURN- The Auburn Tigers (11-3, 3-1 SEC) won their third straight SEC game this afternoon as they defeated Ole Miss (10-2-1, 2-2 SEC), 3-1 on Sunday. The win also puts Auburn soccer in a tie for first in the SEC and the best overall record in the SEC West.
Auburn started the game the same as they did Friday, going up by one goal in the first five minutes of the game. In the 4th minute, Chrissy Culver played a ball down the center of the field and past the Ole Miss defensive line. Jaqueline Schwarz, taking the opportunity, sprinted past two defenders and slid to take a poke at the ball. The Ole Miss goalkeeper had come off her line and could do nothing but watch as the ball rolled past her and into the goal.
In the 17th minute, it was Ole Miss’s turn to get on the scoreboard. Karen Hall, an Ole Miss forward, came back in the midfield to win a ball. Hall then turned and drove the ball through the center of defense. Her partner, up top, was sprinting through and was able to take a shot as Megan Rivera came out. Rivera could only get a tip on the ball as it sailed past and into the goal to tie things up.
Sara Power helped the Tigers take the lead going into the half. Steinmann played a ball in the box, from the corner, in the 31st minute. An Ole Miss defender cleared the ball poorly to a waiting Powers at the top of the box. Touching the ball back into the box, Power’s next touch blasted the ball back across the face of the goal and just in the far post, making the score 2-1 into the half. The goal also put Power into the lead for goals scored this season for Auburn.
The Tigers finished the scoring in the 71st minute. Sarah Steinmann, from a corner, played cross towards the near post. Power, just off the near post, got a head to the ball to flick high and to the back towards the far post. Niki Schier, one timed a volley, down the center of the goal to put Auburn Soccer on top 3-1. The assist for Steinmann brought her season total to seven and the most for the team this season.
Auburn will be on the road next week as they take on Arkansas (10/18 at 7 p.m.) and LSU (10/20 at 2 p.m.) before returning home to the AU Soccer Complex to play South Carolina (10/25 at 7:30 p.m.) and Florida (10/27 at 2 p.m.).