Auburn Defeats Arkansas In Double Overtime
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Auburn Defeats Arkansas In Double Overtime

Oct. 18, 2002

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 Nicki Scheir

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - In dramatic fashion, the Auburn Tiger soccer team defeated Arkansas 2-1 in double overtime here Friday night as Chrissy Culver scored unassisted just 20 seconds into the second overtime. The Tigers improved to 12-3 overall and 4-1 in the Southeastern Conference while Arkansas falls to 5-11 and 1-4 in the SEC.

With the win, the Tigers move into the lone first place spot in the SEC.

"That was a great effort," head coach Karen Richter said. "That is what it takes to win on the road in the SEC and it really paid off. We have a great roster and we don't change our level of play when we substitute in. (Lindsey) Wadkins plays smart and is very fast and Niki Schier just shows great leadership at the midfield position.

"We knew we needed to get behind their defense to score and Culver had a great individual effort. Her competitive edge wouldn't let her lose to Arkansas."

In the first half, the Tigers and Lady Razorbacks each had their opportunities to score as Auburn tallied six shots on goal to Arkansas' four.

The Tigers put a goal up on the board at the 33:08 mark when Kellie Evans took a direct kick from left of the goal where the ball bounced around between Auburn and Arkansas before Sara Power headed in the shot from Niki Schier and Erin Hinson for her seventh goal of the season and a 1-0 Auburn lead.

The Lady Razorbacks got on the board to tie up the game at 1-1 with 36:12 remaining in the game with a Megan McCool goal from a Lisa Jones feed. McCool got behind the Auburn defense as Jones sent the ball from just beyond center field into the box.

With 3:10 left in regulation, the Lady Razorbacks had their best chance at taking the lead as Julie Williford, the team's leading scorer, took a shot from about 20 feet out that hit the right post and bounced out.

At the end of regulation, Auburn had 10 shots on goal while Arkansas had six.

Shortly into overtime, Auburn attacked with a barrage of shots with two on goal and a shot that hit the left post. Sophomore Sarah Steinmann sent a shot past Arkansas goalkeeper Lindsay Haywood with three minutes left in the first overtime, but it was called back due to an offsides call. The Tigers out-shot Arkansas four-to-one in the first overtime period, but could not capitalize on the four opportunities.

Just 40 seconds into the second overtime, sophomore Chrissy Culver dribbled past four Arkansas defenders and took a shot that deflected off a Lady Razorback defender and fell back down into the goal past Haywood giving Auburn the 2-1 win.

"I came down the side and saw that I just had one other defender to beat and I cut in and got a lucky break," Culver said. "We were disappointed in the first half so it was exciting to get it early in the second half. Arkansas is a very, very good team."