Auburn Survives Late-Game Threat
Defeating LSU 3-2
October 20, 2002
BATON ROUGE, La. - Despite a late-match threat by LSU, the Auburn soccer team defeated LSU 3-2 here Sunday afternoon in a SEC match up bringing Auburn's record to 13-3 overall and 5-1 in the SEC as LSU falls to 10-4-1, 2-3-1 in the SEC.
"LSU did a great job of coming back," head coach Karen Richter said. "We always preach the importance of the third goal and it paid off today. Our midfield was excellent today and organized. After LSU's second goal, the captains got the team together and they really picked up their intensity after that."
At the 12:32 mark, the Auburn forwards got behind the LSU defense as sophomore Sarah Steinmann sent a pass down the middle to Chrissy Culver. Culver then beat an LSU defenseman and goalkeeper Robyn DesOrmeaux, who came out to stop the shot, to score her sixth goal of the season putting the Auburn Tigers up 1-0.
Auburn took a 2-0 lead at 15:26, as Steinmann got a break. A miscommunication between the LSU defense and DesOrmeaux led to a breakaway as the sophomore sent in the shot from the left side. DesOrmeaux ran back in an attempt to stop the shot from crossing the line, but was not in time.
"This was definitely a tough weekend," Steinmann said. "We came out hard and finished hard. We were still a little banged up from Friday night, but we came out strong today."
Jaqueline Schwarz picked up her fifth goal of the season and gave Auburn a 3-0 lead at the 37:57 mark as she again got behind the LSU defense on a Sandy Carnes pass up the middle. The play was originally set up from an Erin Hinson direct kick from just over the midfield line.
At the half, the AU Tigers were leading eight shots to LSU's three and Auburn goalkeeper Megan Rivera had made two saves.
With just over 30 minutes remaining in the game, Auburn had an opportunity to increase the lead as they had a number of chances. Culver and Schwarz set up Steinmann and Sara Power on two consecutive shots at the LSU goal, but both were blocked before LSU could clear the ball.
LSU made the game interesting as the Tigers scored two goals in just 18 seconds as Artie Brown got LSU on the board with just 10:02 remaining in the game and Mandy Heintz picked up goal No. 2 with 9:44 remaining bringing the score to 3-2 Auburn.
The Auburn Tigers held on; however, for the win as they registered 14 shots on the day to LSU's seven. The Tigers' wins over Arkansas and LSU on the weekend gives them their first-ever road weekend in the SEC play where they picked up two wins.
Auburn has also tied its record for SEC wins in a season with five, in which they reached in 1995 and 2001.
Auburn wrapped up its regular-season road schedule against LSU and will be vying for a spot in the SEC Tournament, which is to be held Nov. 7-10 in Oxford, Miss. as it finishes out its three regular season games. Auburn will be back home next weekend to host South Carolina Friday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 and Florida Sunday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. at the AU Soccer Complex.