Auburn Defeats Memphis 4-1 in Exhibition Match Saturday
Aug 17, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn scored two goals in each half to post a 4-1 exhibition defeat of the University of Memphis women’s soccer team on Saturday.
"I'm extremely pleased we were able to play this game as an exhibiton," head coach Brooks Monaghan said. "This match showed us what we need to work on. Auburn deserves a lot of credit because they finished their chances. Auburn has missed the tournament once since 2001 and it shows on the field. That's the reason we wanted this game, because we'll see a team like this several times over the course of the season."
"We didn't finish our chances tonight and it shows. I feel that the pieces of the puzzle are on the field, but we just have to get it together to be the team that we can be. I was pleased with our work rate but we made too many unforced errors and we have to clean that up. In watching us play, I have a lot of confidence moving forward in this team, but we have to continue working hard to get to our full potential."
Junior midfielder Kylie Davis helped Memphis get the attack started first as she put a shot on frame, but Auburn goalkeeper Alyse Scott stopped the shot. Auburn’s first shot resulted in a goal as Haley Gerken put away a goal. Maddie Barnes served the ball to Gerken to help Auburn stake to the 1-0 advantage.
Scoring two goals in the exhibition opener against Arkansas State, Nugene Nugent had a chance for the third. Nugent fired a shot just after the Auburn goal, but Scott stopped it for her second save. Auburn made it 2-0 in the 29th minute with a goal by Cassie Ramsier. Kala Faulkner rocketed a shot toward goalkeeper Christa Stirckland, but Strickland couldn’t corral it before Ramsier put away the rebound for the goal.
Auburn doubled their lead within the first 15 minutes of the second half to take a 4-0 lead. Just over a minute into the half, Ramsier served a cross into the box and Gerken finished it for her second score of the game. In the 58th minute, Chelsea Gandy-Cromer had a breakaway down the middle of the field and she finished the chance to the back right corner of the goal.
Sophomore transfer Honeye Heydari got Memphis in the score column with a goal in the 70th minute. Christabel Oduro passed the ball to Heydari in the middle of the field and Heydari fired a shot from 15-yards away to the back of the net for the goal.
Memphis and Auburn each had 13 shots in the game, but Auburn held a 7-6 advantage in shots on goal. Strickland played 58 minutes in goal and she surrendered four goals while coming up with three saves. Freshman Maryse Bard-Martel played the final 31 minutes and didn’t face a shot.
Memphis opens the regular season on Friday against Samford. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.