Nov. 12, 2004
Auburn, AL – In the first round of the NCAA Tournament the #25 Clemson Tigers lost to the #22 Auburn Tigers 2-0. The Auburn Tigers scored 2 goals in the second half for the win. With tonight’s loss to Auburn the Clemson Tigers snapped their four game winning streak. This is the first loss to Auburn for the Clemson Tigers in women’s soccer history. The #22 ranked Auburn Tigers will play Washington University on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Auburn Alabama at 2 p.m.
The first goal was scored at the 67:50 mark by Courtney Crandell. Crandell was assisted by Ashley Eason on the play. The second goal of Auburn was scored at the 80:22 mark by Chrissy Culver. Jac Schwarz fed the ball to Culver from the left side and into the goalie box.
With the loss the Clemson Tigers return home after a regular season record of 10-8-2. The Lady Tigers have been to the NCAA Tournament all four years under Head Coach Todd Bramble.
Clemson Head Coach Bramble “Auburn is a good team. They found a way to beat us tonight. We played a good first half and second half. We pressed them early on to try to get a lead but they responded well. Auburn just took advantage of the little mistakes and they beat us. The administration here in Auburn treated us great while we were here. I hate it for our seniors that the post season play ended so early.”
Clemson’s #16 Elizabeth Jobe: “We lost the game in their counter attacks. Auburn just attacked our backs. They found a way to beat us. I hate it for our senior leaders that it has to end this way.”
Clemson’s #6 Allison Graham: “Auburn is a good team, they had something we didn’t have tonight. It is hard of a loss anytime but when it ends the season it’s extremely difficult. For everything our seniors put into it I just hate it we couldn’t win for them.”
Auburn Head Coach Karen Hoppa: “Clemson was a tough opponent. Clemson made an outstanding game. I told the team at halftime that it was the little things that made the difference tonight. Scoring off a set play and scoring off a slide in was some of those little things that helped us win. Clemson did a great job of attacking right away. Anytime you have two nationally ranked teams in the first round you know it will be a good game.”
Shots Clemson: 6 Auburn: 5
Corner Kicks Clemson: 2 Auburn 2
Saves Clemson: 2 Auburn: 2
Fouls Clemson: 19 Auburn: 11
Goals Auburn – Courtney Crandell (Ashley Eason) 67:50 Auburn – Chrissy Culver (Jac Schwarz) 80:22
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