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Auburn Soccer Earns First-Ever NCAA Tournament Win Over UCF

Auburn Soccer Earns First-Ever
NCAA Tournament Win Over UCF

November 15, 2002

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 Sandy Carnes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Auburn soccer team (15-4-2) earned its first-ever NCAA Tournament victory here Friday evening in a 2-0 win over Central Florida (18-5) in the first round of action. Auburn head coach Karen Richter also earned the victory over her alma mater, where she was a player from 1987-90, an assistant coach from 1991-93 and the head coach from 1993-99.

Auburn's 2-0 win over UCF if the Tigers' first win over Central Florida as well with a previous 3-0 deficit. Karen Richter was the head coach at UCF the three times the Golden Knights defeated Auburn.

"This was a tremendous effort by our team," Richter said. "I am really proud of the team. Our offense, defense and the bench did such a great job. And Megan Rivera, you just can't say enough about her performance today. She was just outstanding for us.

"We are really excited to be staying a few more nights here in Tallahassee. Last year, we had a long bus ride home after losing to Florida State in the first round, but tonight, our experience from that game really payed off."

 Final Stats

1st Goal

2nd Goal

Richter Postgame Interview

UCF out-shot Auburn in the game with a 14-to-10 advantage, but AU goalkeeper Megan Rivera had an outstanding game stopping nine shots on goal for the Auburn win. 

The first half tempo was primarily controlled by Auburn, with the Tigers sending six shots against the Golden Knights. UCF had some impressive scoring chances, however, including an Amanda King shot just inside the left post. Auburn goalkeeper Megan Rivera made a diving save to stop the shot and prevent a UCF goal.

Auburn put a score up on the board first with 11:01 remaining in the half as Sara Power collected her eighth goal of the season putting the Tigers up 1-0. Power received a pass from freshman forward Jessie Allan as Allan chased down the ball towards the endline centering it back to Power. Power took the shot from 10 yards out and sent it past UCF goalkeeper Jessica Kuhlman into the left side.

With 7:41 left in the first half, Auburn's Chrissy Culver was taken down in the box giving the Tigers a penalty kick. Defender, and All-SEC second team member, Sandy Carnes, took the shot and sent it this time, to the right side beating Kuhlman and putting Auburn up 2-0 to go into the half.

Auburn again controlled the tempo in the second half despite the Golden Knights tallying nine shots. The Tigers had 10 shots in the game and nine different players took shots.

"I think I played well tonight, but really, our defense had an outstanding game," Rivera said. "They kept it out of our end and put out a great effort."

The Tigers will now meet up with the winner of the Florida State vs. Ole Miss game, which will be played immediately after Auburn's game. Auburn will play the winner of that match on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 12 p.m. CDT. Live broadcast of the game will be available on both and on WAUD 1230 AM with Andy Burcham doing play-by-play and Chuck Gallina with color commentary. You may also watch live scoring on



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