Auburn Drops Double Overtime Heartbreaker to Florida State 2-1 in NCAA Tournament
November 16, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, FL - Auburn soccer dropped a heartbreaker here Sunday afternoon as the Tigers fell 2-1 in double overtime to Florida State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament ending the Tigers' season at 14-4-3 on the year.
"This was another great season," head coach Karen Hoppa said. "This game showed it. We had the chances to win, but anyone who saw this game knows that both teams deserve to be in the Sweet 16. It is just a shame that we both can't go."
The Tigers survived a barrage of shots at the start of the game from Florida State, including a shot that hit the crossbar just five minutes into the game. Florida State tallied the first four shots of the game before Auburn could mount an attack.
Auburn battled back with a strong attack of their own, however, as the Tigers began applying pressure and captured the 1-0 lead at the 29:08 mark as junior Sarah Steinmann scored her 12th goal of the season. Senior Kellie Evans set up the play as she sent the ball in from the mid circle to Lindsay Giblin. Giblin found Steinmann, who beat a defender and the Florida State goalkeeper Joy McKenzie to take the 1-0 lead.
"We were just out there playing hard and Kellie (Evans) hit a hard ball and Lindsay (Giblin) set it up," Steinmann said. "I knew I had to get my shot off as quick as possible."
The Tigers maintained that 1-0 lead throughout the half outshooting the Seminoles 7-5, showing Auburn's consistent tough defensive play.
Florida State did not have to wait long to tie up the game in the second half as 35 seconds into the half, the Seminoles' Amber Tollefson picked up a lose ball one yard out and found the back of the net. The ball was a rebound off the post on a Florida State shot tying the game at 1-1.
At the end of regulation, Florida State accumulated 15 shots to Auburn's 11, which sent the Tigers' into their school-record seventh overtime period of the year.
Just over one minute into the first overtime, Auburn had a good opportunity on a direct kick just outside the box, but could not convert. The first 10-minute overtime period went without a goal sending Auburn and Florida State into double overtime.
In the second overtime, Florida State capitalized on an opportunity as Amber Tollefson from the endline found Lea Gallegos in the middle of the box. Gallegos headed the ball into the right corner past Auburn goalkeeper Megan Rivera for the 2-1 win at the 101:04 mark.
Florida State will move on to play West Virginia in Morgantown on Friday in the Sweet 16. This is the third consecutive season Auburn has been knocked out of the tournament by Florida State and the second in Tallahassee.
The contest was the last for five of Auburn's seniors including Sandy Carnes, Kellie Evans, Erin Hinson, Carly Thomas and Lindsey Wadkins, who have been pivotal in Auburn's success.
"We need to start looking forward to getting back next year," Hoppa said. "It is tough though because we lose five seniors that turned Auburn into a winning program."
Auburn concluded the season with a third consecutive SEC Western Division title, a school record 12 shutouts and a 14-4-3 record.