ATHENS, Ga. The No. 7 Virginia women’s soccer team remained unbeaten on the season, tying Auburn 1-1 Sunday at the Georgia Nike Invitational. The Cavaliers got a first half goal from Amanda Stewart (West Chester, Pa.), but a late penalty kick gave the Tigers the draw.
“We are disappointed with the result, considering how the game went,” said head coach Steve Swanson. “We had our chances and there is a lot we can learn from this. Auburn was very organized and made some things difficult for us. Sometimes it takes a result like this to really help the process of getting better.”
In the first half, the Cavaliers controlled play throughout but couldn’t break through until the 43rd minute. A clearance attempt in the box by the Auburn defense came to Stewart, who fired a shot into the far upper corner for her first career goal.
Virginia continued to have the better of play in the second half until the Tigers took advantage of a rare chance. Auburn drew even in the 87th minute on a penalty kick by Gabi Rivera, after a foul was called for a shirt tug on a 50-50 ball in the corner of the penalty area. It marked the first goal allowed by the Cavaliers this season.
In the third minute of overtime, Maggie Kistner (St. Louis, Mo.) was taken down in the box, but Auburn keeper Allison Whitworth saved Nikki Krzysik’s (Clifton, Va.) penalty kick. Neither team was able to record the game-winner in the remainder of extra time and the game ended with a 1-1 draw.
Overall the Cavaliers outshot the Tigers 24-7 and had a 7-0 corner kick advantage. Celeste Miles (Garland, Texas) made two saves for Virginia, while Whitworth made 10 saves for Auburn.
The Cavaliers return home next weekend to host the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic. Play begins on Friday with a pair of games at Klckner Stadium. The Cavaliers host William & Mary at 7 p.m., following the Maryland-Dartmouth game at 4:30 p.m.
VIRGINIA 1, AUBURN 1
#7 Virginia (4-0-1) 1 0 0 0 – 1
Auburn (2-3-1) 0 1 0 0 – 1
UVa Stewart 1 (unassisted) 43’
Aub Rivera 2 (penalty kick) 87’
YC Miskel (UVa) 87’
YC Senty (UVa) 88’
YC Johnson (Aub) 93’
Shots: UVa 24, Aub 7
Corners: UVa 7, Aub 0
Saves: UVa 2 (Miles 2), Aub 10 (Whitworth 10)
Fouls: UVa 22, Aub 15
Weather: 88 degrees, humid