Auburn Holds on to First Half Lead to Defeat Mississippi State 1-0
October 17, 2003
STARKVILLE, MS - Junior forward Sarah Steinmann scored her ninth goal of the year in a 1-0 victory here Friday night over Mississippi State as the Tigers improve to 9-2-3 on the year and 2-1-2 in conference action.
The win over the Bulldogs is also head coach Karen Hoppa’s first win in the state of Mississippi in her fifth season at Auburn.
“It is always good to win on the road in the SEC,” Hoppa said. “We moved around our formation a little tonight and our three defenders did a great job of playing a system we have not played before.”
The Tigers’ Sarah Steinmann picked up her ninth goal of the season at the 26:03 mark as freshman Ronda Brooks split two defenders dribbling down the center of the field. Steinmann charged down the left side and received the pass from Brooks sending the shot into the bottom right corner beating Mississippi State goalkeeper Luisa Marzotto.
Shots at the half were 6-to-2 in favor of Auburn as the Tigers maintained possession throughout most of the half. Auburn goalkeeper Megan Rivera was forced to make just one save on the half in those two shots by the Bulldogs.
In the second half, Mississippi State picked up the intensity evening the shots at eight a piece for the contest, but could not capitalize on those shots. One of MSU’s best opportunities of the night came on a direct kick from 25-yards out with just over five minutes left to play. Rivera came up with the save off a header for the Tigers and maintained the 1-0 lead.
Auburn goalkeeper Megan Rivera made five saves on the night to earn her ninth shutout of the season and the 23rd of her career.
“Ronda did a great job on the attack tonight,” Steinmann said. “She dribbled down the middle and set me up for the perfect shot. Our defense played a solid game. I am so proud of them.”
The Auburn goal was the first scored against Mississippi State at home this season and is their first loss at home.
Auburn will travel to Ole Miss Sunday for a 1 p.m. meeting with the Rebels. Ole Miss currently leads the SEC West with a record of 4-1 in the conference.