October 24, 2004
ATHENS, Ga. -- The No. 17-ranked Auburn soccer team (13-2-2, 8-0-2 SEC) tied Georgia (4-8-5, 2-5-3 SEC) 1-1 here Sunday afternoon in Auburn's final road game of the regular season.
"After the foul, we played with just two back and tried to take care of business, but we couldn't," head coach Karen Hoppa said. "We weren't pleased with our first half. We were too relaxed and made errors that we don't normally make and we just couldn't get it back after that."
Auburn had a few chances early, but the Georgia Bulldogs got on the board first at the 35:23 mark as Kendra Auston took a shot from 10 yards out. The shot sailed past Auburn goalkeeper Megan Rivera into the bottom right side for the 1-0 lead.
With just 6:44 remaining in the half, Georgia goalkeeper Ashley Lindley came out to tip a Chrissy Culver cross. Lindley got caught out of the goal and Christie Cigno got off a shot on goal, but Bulldog defender Elizabeth Metherell blocked the shot in goal with her hand, giving Auburn a penalty shot, and Metherell a red card, leaving Georgia one player down the rest of the contest.
On Walters' fifth penalty kick of the season, she hit the crossbar for her first miss of the year, retaining Georgia's 1-0 lead. At the conclusion of the half, Auburn outshot the Bulldogs 8-5 and had four corner kicks to Georgia's none.
With Georgia up 1-0 and down a field player, the Bulldogs stayed back on defense. Auburn took advantage of the ability to push up attackers at the 76:14 mark. Sara Power dribbled the ball down the left side of the field and found Sarah Steinmann. Steinmann sent a perfect pass through the middle to Culver coming down the right side. Culver took the shot from three yards out for the score, tying up the game at 1-1.
That game-tying goal is the second time Culver has tied up a game this season and saved the Tigers from suffering an SEC loss.
At the end of regulation, Auburn had totaled 15 shots, to Georgia's 10 and had seven corner kick opportunities, to the Bulldogs' two.
In the first overtime, Georgia had the only shot of the 10 minute period. In the second overtime, both teams created chances as the Tigers had two shots and Georgia took one to end the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
"I have to give all the credit in the world to Georgia," Hoppa said. "They played so hard with a man down. You can tell that they wanted it more. We just need to re-focus because we have a huge game with Alabama on Friday night."
Auburn will conclude the regular season Friday night with in-state rival Alabama at the AU Soccer Complex at 7 p.m. Admission is free to the public.