Women's Soccer Falls To No. 9 Auburn
Sept. 22, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. - The ninth-ranked Auburn University women's soccer team scored five goals during the first 13 minutes of the second half as it ran past the University of Massachusetts, 6-2, this afternoon at Rudd Field in the UMass Soccer Classic. The Minutewomen drop to 1-6-0 on the season, while the Tigers improve to 7-1-0.
Massachusetts struck first when junior Erin Lilly (Ballston Lake, N.Y.) fed a pass from the left side of the box across to senior co-captain Martha Conover (Liverpool, N.Y.), who headed it in past Auburn goalkeeper Megan Rivera at the 19:15 mark of the first half. It was the second goal of the season for Conover and second assist in a many games for Lilly.
Nine minutes later, AU's Sarah Power tied the game up beating UMass junior co-captain Kelly Nigh (Seattle, Wash.) with a header from the left side. The Tigers peppered Nigh with 19 shots in the half, including seven on net, but were unable to break the tie. The Minutewomen had only three shots in the half.
Auburn continued the deluge of shots in the second half, but this time they started to go in. When the dust settled at the 58 minute mark, the score was 6-1 in favor of the visitors. Auburn had received two goals from Chrissy Culver and one apiece from Power, Sarah Steinmann and Jennifer Walters in the onslaught.
UMass freshman Lindsey Bellini (Webster, N.Y.) made it a 6-2 game with her second goal in as many games, but that was as close as the Minutewomen would get. Sophomore Erica Wideberg (Randolph, N.J.) was credited with an assist on the play.
Nigh finished the day with eight saves in 67:17, snapping her string of six consecutive double-digit performances, while freshman Kristen Rutland (Fayetteville, Ga.) made three saves and did not allow a goal in 22:43. Auburn out-shot the Minutewomen, 33-13 on the day and held the advantage in corner kicks, 13-1.
Massachusetts returns to action on Friday, Sept. 27, in its final non-conference game at Syracuse at 7:00 p.m.
Scoring: First Half - UM, Martha Conover 2 (Erin Lilly) 19:15; AU, Sarah Power 2 (Jennifer Walters, Jessie Allan) 28:29. Second Half - AU, Sarah Steinmann 3 (unassisted) 47:45; AU, Walters 2 (unassisted) 48:21; AU, Power 3 (Steinmann) 51:19; Chrissy Culver 4 (unassisted) 56:31; AU, Culver 5 (Kristen Stewart) 58:00; UM, Lindsey Bellini 2 (Erica Wideberg) 67:56.