No. 14 Auburn Defeats Arkansas 2-0 in SEC Match
October 24, 2003
AUBURN - Auburn clinched a spot in the SEC Soccer Tournament here tonight with a 2-0 win over Arkansas, improving to 4-1-2 in SEC play and 11-2-3 overall. The Lady Razorbacks fell to 2-5-0 in conference action and 6-8-2 overall.
In the first half of action, there was not much offense for either side as shots were 3-to-2 in favor of Auburn. The Tigers increased the intensity in the second, however, outshooting Arkansas 10-to-2.
The Tigers had to wait until the second half to get on the board as freshman Ronda Brooks put Auburn up 1-0 in the 54th minute of play. Brooks took a one-touch direct shot from seven yards out after receiving passes from Jada Stewart, who dribbled to the endline, and Jac Schwarz towards the middle.
"Our freshmen got some quality minutes for us out there tonight," head coach Karen Hoppa said. "They gave us a good solid attack and we are going to need that down the stretch. We are going to need 20 players to make us successful."
Junior forward Sarah Steinmann gave the Tigers an insurance goal at 71:14, when freshman Lindsay Giblin dribbled down the middle finding Steinmann down the left side. Steinmann took a hard shot from 18 yards out sending it past Lady Razorback goalkeeper Carrie Dillsaver.
The Auburn defense was again outstanding giving up just four shots all night with only three of those on goal. Megan Rivera and the Tigers picked up their 10th shutout of the season.
On the night, Auburn outshot the Lady Razorbacks 13-to-4, and had many other opportunities, but could not get a shot off. Corner kicks were 5-to-6 in favor of the Tigers as well.
"This feels great," senior midfielder Lindsey Wadkins said. "It is exciting that it is our last home stand. These four years have really flown by though. I am just glad that I got to be a part of it."
Auburn will honors its seniors here Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. when the Tigers take on the Tigers of LSU on Senior Day. Five Auburn seniors will be honored including Sandy Carnes, Kellie Evans, Erin Hinson, Carly Thomas and Wadkins.