Nov. 14, 2003
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Auburn forward, and Muskogee, Okla., native Jac Schwarz, scored the only goal necessary in the Tigers' 1-0 victory over Oklahoma State here Friday night at the NCAA Tournament first round.
"I have to give Oklahoma State credit," head coach Karen Hoppa said. "They have a great team. Scoring a goal just three minutes into the game, and for that to be the deciding goal really says a lot about our defense. They have been that solid all year."
The Tigers jumped out to a quick start in the first half as just 2:58 into the contest, sophomore forward Jac Schwarz gave Auburn a 1-0 advantage over Oklahoma State. Sarah Steinmann dug the ball out down the left side and chipped IT to Chrissy Culver running through the middle. Culver let the ball roll down her back straight to Jac Schwarz, who picked it up two yards outside the goal, beating OSU goalkeeper Kathrin Lehmann.
Oklahoma State had its best opportunity in the half with five minutes remaining in the first when Adriane Radtke just missed the goal, hitting the crossbar off a OSU cornerkick.
Shots in the first half were 7-to-4 in favor of the Tigers, but the Cowgirls had eight corner kicks to Auburn's one.
In the second half, Oklahoma State came close to evening up the shots, but could not get enough solid looks on goal, in addition to Megan Rivera's outstanding goalkeeping for the Tigers. Rivera came up big with just seconds remaining in regulation as she was hit with three shots towards the end of the contest, but stopped each maintaining the 1-0 victory.
"I think our team came in knowing what we had to do," senior captain Sandy Carnes said. "With the win tonight, we have already met our best finish, but we all have the goal of progressing further and we have the opportunity to do that on Sunday. I am excited because this is the reason that I came to Auburn, to have these chances."
Shots in the game ended at 11-to-9 in favor of Auburn with Oklahoma State taking 13 corner kicks to Auburn's two.
The Tigers' shutout is the 12th of the season, which is a school record and also a record for Rivera in a season. Her career number moves to 26. The Cowgirls' trip to the NCAA Tournament was the first in school history along with their head coach Karen Hancock.
Auburn will now take on the winner of the Dartmouth vs. Florida State game, which is played following the Tigers' victory. The contest is scheduled to be played at 1 p.m. CDT at the Seminole Soccer Complex on the campus of Florida State. Admission to the NCAA event is $5 for children and students and $7 for adults.