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Auburn Soccer Falls 2-1 to Georgia in Double Overtime at SEC Tournament

Auburn Soccer Falls 2-1 to Georgia in Double Overtime at SEC Tournament

November 6, 2003

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 Megan Rivera

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. * Auburn dropped its first round matchup, 2-1, here Thursday night with the Georgia Bulldogs in double overtime at the SEC Tournament. The Tigers move to 13-3-3 on the year and will now look to the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

 "We didn't play well in the first half and Megan Rivera did an outstanding job of keeping us in the game," head coach Karen Hoppa said. "Our girls did a great job of changing the tone in the second half and in the overtimes and dominating the game by creating chances and were real pleased with that performance."
 In the first half, both teams were held scoreless, but the Georgia Bulldogs were dominant as they out-shot the Tigers 13-to-2 in the period with solid chances throughout. Auburn goalkeeper Megan Rivera had a superb half with diving saves to keep the game scoreless through 45 minutes.
 Auburn's momentum changed at the 58:39 mark as sophomore Jac Schwarz dug out the ball from the center of the field finding Sarah Steinmann down the left side. Steinmann broke down the left side and headed toward the goal. The first team All-SEC member passed to a wide open Chrissy Culver on the right side giving Auburn the 1-0 lead.
 The Bulldogs tied up the game with 26 minutes remaining in regulation on an Ashley King breakaway. King took the shot from the left side from eight yards out, past Megan Rivera for the score.
 Shots in the second half were even at seven as both teams scored. Regulation ended with a 1-1 tie sending Auburn to its school record sixth overtime of the season.
 The first 10 minute sudden-death overtime period saw two shots from the Tigers and one from the Bulldogs. Steinmann had a great chance from the left side, but missed just right sending the game into a second overtime.
 At the 104:34 mark, Georgia's Kelly Whitaker took a pass from Jessica Winton as Whitaker beat Rivera to the right corner. Georgia will advance in the tournament with the 2-1 win in double overtime. The Bulldogs will play the winner of the Florida vs. Vanderbilt game in the semifinals on Friday night.
 Auburn will now await its fate in the NCAA Tournament as the NCAA selection show will be held Monday, Nov. 10 at 2:30 p.m. CDT on ESPNews.



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