Soccer Tigers Fall One Nil

Auburn, Ala.-- After taking a step forward Friday night by upsetting No. 14 Tennessee, the Auburn soccer team took a step back losing a 1-0 decision to Georgia Sunday at the AU Soccer Complex.

The game remained scoreless until the 54:41 mark when Georgia midfielder Andrea Valasco put her rebound attempt past a diving Megan Rivera to give the Bulldogs their margin of victory. Rivera had five saves. Bulldog goalie Ashley Lindley stopped all nine of the Tigers' shots on goal.

"I thought we were extremely flat," Coach Karen Richter said. "We just didn't have that spark in our step until after they scored the goal. We just have to be more prepared when we step on the field."

Auburn and Georgia each had two shots on goal in the first half, but both squads came out more aggressively in the second half as the Tigers had 11 shots on goal to the Bulldogs' six. Senior forward Ginger Sellick led the Tigers with six shot attempts. The Tigers were without one of their top-goal scorers as freshman Sarah Steinmann sat out the game after injuring a knee on her game-winning goal in the Tennessee match.

"I think all season we haven't played our best soccer in the first half," Richter said. "I think that cost us because we didn't come out and put the pressure on them in the first half. I think that gave them some confidence and they really started to play better in the beginning of the second half."

Steinmann is expected to be back for next weekend's matches at Mississippi State on Friday and at Ole Miss on Sunday.


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