Casie Ramsier (above) leaps over Southeastern Louisiana keeper Hope Sabadash.
Auburn, Ala.--Despite a barrage of shots on goal and numerous opportunities to score, Auburn had to stay on its toes until the final seconds while taking an NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday night.
Coach Karen Hoppa’s Tigers advance to the round of 32 and will travel to Tallahassee, Fla., on Friday to take on Texas Tech.
Good play by Lions’ goal keeper Hope Sabadash and about a half dozen near misses on Auburn shots kept the game tight despite the Tigers putting 29 shots on goal to just five for the visitors.
“I don’t know if I have ever seen a better performance from a goal keeper,” Hoppa said. “She was unbelievable.
“Obviously, we played great soccer and are happy to advance,”?Hoppa added. “We need to do a much better job finishing, but at this time of year winning is the name of the game and surviving and advance.”
Hoppa’s Tigers will face a rematch vs. Texas Tech, the team that defeated the Tigers in the second round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago.
Kristen Dodson scored for the Tigers in the first half on an assist from Casie Ramsier. Prior to her shot the Tigers had put two shots in the net, but both were negated by offsides calls.
Commenting on her goal, Dodson said, “We were just pressing as hard as we could. After those offsides were called we were more angry and wanted to just keep going at them.”
Hoppa said she liked her team’s defensive performance with Kala Faulkner leading the way on a night when Auburn dominated time of possession and when the Lions did try to get the ball into the Auburn defensive side of the field they seldom kept it for long.
Hoppa said the crowd of 1,729, a record for a postseason soccer game at Auburn, was a plus for the Tigers. “I thought the crowd was unbelievable. It was a standing room only crowd and it was loud.”
Auburn Notes: The Tigers have now won their last four opening round matches in NCAA play and improved to 8-12 all-time in the tournament...The Tigers improved their record to 3-2 all-time in NCAA matches at the Auburn Soccer Complex...Auburn keeper Sarah Le Beau only had to save one shot to pick up the shutout.