November 04, 2004
AUBURN -- The No. 9-ranked Auburn soccer team (14-3-2) fell 3-0 to the Ole Miss Rebels (9-9-2) here Thursday afternoon in the first round of the SEC Tournament held at the AU Soccer Complex.
"We have to give a lot of credit to Ole Miss," head coach Karen Hoppa said. "They had a game plan for us and executed it perfectly. Soccer is a strange game and even if you out-shoot your opponent, it doesn't always mean you are going to win. But Ole Miss had much better execution than we did today."
The loss knocks the Tigers out of the first round of the tournament for the third consecutive year, despite either a No. 1 or No. 2 tournament seeding. The loss is also the first loss to an SEC team at home since a 1-0 loss to Georgia on Oct. 7, 2001.
Auburn out-shot the Rebels 13-9, but could not get many of those shots on frame as Ole Miss goalkeeper Ann Shelton made just four saves. The Tigers also took 15 corner kicks to Ole Miss' four on the day.
Ole Miss got on the board just about as early as you can as the Rebels' Karen Hall passed the ball to Lindley Beckman on the kick off and Beckman scored her third goal of the season just 17 seconds into the
match to put Ole Miss up 1-0.
"We had a lot of good looks, we just couldn't get them on frame," Hoppa said. "After that early goal, I feel we battled back very well, but you don't always get the breaks. Some days the ball
just doesn't bounce your way."
For the remainder of the half, Auburn maintained a majority of the possession out-shooting UM 7-3 and taking nine corner kicks to Ole Miss' one, but found themselves down 1-0 at the end of 45 minutes.
The Rebels' second goal of the day came at 63:45. Kristal Menard sent a pass to Kelly Renie down the right side. The Auburn defense, anticipating an offsides call, slowed down, which gave Renie an open shot from the back right corner of the box. The shot went over a diving Megan Rivera into the top left corner, giving Ole Miss the 2-0
With approximately 25 minutes remaining the game and the score at 2-0, Auburn had its best chance of the day as Sarah Steinmann had the ball just five yards outside the goal. Her shot hit the cross bar and
went out of bounds.
"This game was very frustrating for us. Everything seemed to be going their way," senior forward Sarah Steinmann said. "My shot that hit the post would have been key, but like coach said, the balls just weren't falling for us. Now we just have to put this past us and
get ready for NCAAs."
With 6:49 remaining the contest, Renie picked up her second goal of the game and eighth of the season as she scored from two yards out with Leigh Barrow and Karen Hall assisting on the goal.
Auburn's 11-game unbeaten streak is ended as this is the first Tiger loss since a 1-0 double overtime loss to No. 6-ranked Kansas on Sept. 19 of this year.
Auburn will now await its fate in the NCAA Tournament. The selection show will be held Monday, Nov. 8 between 3-4 p.m. on ESPNEWS. The Tigers have earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament the past three
Auburn Soccer vs. Ole Miss
* Auburn's overall record is now 14-3-2 while Ole Miss moves to 9-9-2
* The win was Ole Miss' first ever victory over a top-10 team
* Ole Miss advances to the SEC semi-finals for the third time in the last four years
* Lindley Beckman's (UM) goal 17 seconds into the first period is the fastest in SEC Tournament history
* Kelly Renie's (UM) two goals marked her 9th career multi-goal game
* Ole Miss' three goals are the most ever for the Rebels in SEC Tournament play
* The loss snapped an 11-match unbeaten streak for Auburn
* The victory snapped a four-match losing streak for the Rebels to the Tigers
* Auburn's SEC Tournament record is now 4-8-1
* Ole Miss' SEC Tournament record is now 5-8
* Auburn has lost in the first round of the SEC tournament in three consecutive years
* The four goals allowed by AU goalkeeper Megan Rivera was the most since Sept. 12, 2003 when she allowed four in a 4-0 loss to #9-ranked Pepperdine
* The loss was the first to an SEC team at home since AU fell to Georgia, 1-0, on Oct. 7, 2001
* The 3-0 loss was the worst SEC home loss for Auburn since a 4-0 loss on Oct. 8, 2000 against Ole Miss
Auburn Head Coach Karen Hoppa
On Today's Game...
"Ole Miss had the perfect game plan to play us and executed it perfectly. As far as our team goes, we just couldn't get the ball to bounce our way. We looked a little unorganized in the beginning, but after we took control of ourselves, we still could not get the game to go our way.
They were putting a lot of numbers back, and seemed like we had no numbers back there, so that made it easy for them to defend us and hard for us to defend them. It gave them a double advantage. They just defended us really well and we couldn't get the balls to bounce our way."
Forward Sarah Steinmann
On Ole Miss' play...
"This game was very frustrating for us. Everything seemed to be going their way. My shot that hit the post would have been key, but like coach said, the balls just weren't falling for us. Now we just have to put this past us and get ready for NCAAs."
Defender Ronda Brooks
On second goal...
"After they made their second goal, we were still pushing hard, but we just couldn't make it happen. We have to put this loss behind us and focus on what's ahead."