Auburn Soccer And South Carolina Battle For A 1-1 Tie
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Auburn Soccer And South Carolina Battle For A 1-1 Tie

October 25, 2002

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 Nicki Scheir

AUBURN- The Auburn Tigers and South Carolina Gamecocks played a hard fought match, ending in a 1-1 tie, here Friday night.  The tie also extends Auburn's unbeaten record at home to 13, starting back Oct. 19,
2001 against Arkansas.

"We let this one slip away from us," head coach Karen Richter said. "In regulation we just didn't finish our chances. We
played good defense today, but in a tough conference like the SEC, one goal doesn't win you a game."

Auburn dominated possession in the first half, which allowed them to continually build-up attacks to take shots at the South Carolina goal.

In the 27th minute, the Tigers found a seam down the center of the South Carolina team.  Jessie Allan dribbled from outside to the center, before letting Sara Power overtake possession and dribble at the goal.  Powers, then, sent Jenny Zarzour towards the top of the box.  Zarzour, with no hesitation, took a low shot that deflected off the advancing keeper.  The Gamecocks were only able to watch as the ball dribbled into the net.

Negin Azarbehi Action 093002South Carolina picked up their pace as the second half rolled around.  The Gamecocks were able to use the space in their attacking third to take shots on the Auburn goal.

With the 73rd minute, South Carolina was able to capitalize on their opportunities.  Winning the ball in the midfield, South Carolina's Melissa Hutson dribbled to 25-yards from the goal, unmarked.  Realizing the lapse in defense, Hutson unleashed a shot high towards goal.  Megan Rivera was helpless to stop the ball from going in as it glanced off the crossbar into the net.  The goal marked only the third time the Tigers had been scored on at home this season.

The Gamecocks came close to taking the lead, late in the second half.  In almost a mirror of the previous goal, a Gamecock was left unmarked just outside the box.  Rivera was up to the task this time as she was able to tip the ball over the crossbar.

In overtime, both teams were drained of any energy.  Much of the play was back and forth, as neither team was able to create a sustained rhythm.  Both overtimes ended with a combined total of three shots on goal.

The Auburn Tigers will look to clinch the SEC West with a win against Florida on Sunday, at 2 p.m. at the AU Soccer Complex. 

"Florida is on a roll and is still the best team in the league consistently," Richter said. "We still have a shot to win the
conference, along with Florida, so we need to win our last two games of the regular season."