Biggest Win In AU Program's History

Soccer team is a surprise winner at UVA.

Charlottesville, Va.--The Auburn soccer team picked up its biggest win in its brief five-year history as the Tigers upset No. 6 Virginia 1-0 to capture the UVA Tournament in Charlottesville, Va.

Freshman Sarah Steinmann notched her third goal of the season with 28 minutes to play in the contest to give Auburn (4-0) a lead it would not relinquish. Goalkeeper Megan Rivera tallied a season-high seven saves to record her third shutout of the season.

"This is by far the best performance in the history of the Auburn program," head coach Karen Richter said. "Virginia is such an incredible team, and to beat them on their home field is a great testament for our program."

The victory over the Cavaliers was the first for an Auburn team over a Top 10 opponent and it was the second time the Tigers have beaten a nationally-ranked team. The first was last season against Marquette.

Midfielder Gretchen Winter was named the tournament's MVP after collecting one goal and two assists during the two games. Winter also had the task of defending Lori Lindsey, who is regarded as one of the nation's top midfielders.

The Tigers also upset regionally-ranked St. Louis in the first round of the tournament Friday, defeating the Bilikens 2-1. Winter and Jennifer Walters scored the goals for the Tigers in that contest.

Auburn will play Fresno State at 7 p.m. this Friday in the program's first-ever contest under the lights at the newly renovated soccer complex.


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