MONTGOMERY, Ala. ---- The No. 23 Auburn Montgomery women's soccer team celebrated Senior Night in style, with a 2-0 victory over local rival Faulkner at the Emory Folmar Complex.
"As usual, it's never easy against our crosstown rivals," Head Coach Jamey Newsome said. "It was a good game, though. I felt like we played some very good soccer, and had a lot of good moments. It took us a while to figure out their defense and stay onside. But we kept pressing and didn't get frustrated. I couldn't be happier."
AUM held a 9-5 edge in shots in the first half. Agnarsdottir opened up the scoring in the 41st minute. Ida Bjerklund led her on a breakaway down the left side, and the sophomore midfielder drilled the ball past Faulkner goalie Caitlin Sebert.
The goal was Agnarsdottir's sixth of the season, and Bjerklund picked up her first point of 2012 with the assist.
The Lady Eagles had a chance to even up the score seconds before halftime after AUM committed a foul inside the box. Mackensie Jordan's penalty kick attempt went off the post, however, and the Warhawks held on to their advantage.
Faulkner had two more chances to tie the game in the second half, twice appearing to have an open net to shoot on. AUM defenders came up big on both occasions, however, with Melissa Ledesma and Bjerklund clearing the balls off the line.
"I told them at halftime that this was one of those games where you've got to stay focused," Newsome said. "We had so much possession that the slightest little mistake can catch you if you're not prepared. Thankfully, we had good recovery on both plays."
Albertsdottir clinched the game for AUM with three minutes remaining, taking a long ball from Inga Dis Juliusdottir and directing a shot past Sebert.
The senior forward, who led AUM with five shots in the game, moved into the team lead with her 13th goal of the season. Juliusdottir, appearing in her second match after missing most of the year due to injury, became the 16th Warhawk to record a point in 2012 with the assist.
"What a fitting way for her to finish," Newsome said of Albertsdottir. "She's had such a great season. She's been leading our team in goals, and she's been a great captain. Getting a goal and winning a game couldn't be a more suitable way for her to go out."
The Warhawks outshot Faulkner 19-9 for the game. Holly Clarke made four saves to earn her third shutout of the season. She has also been a part of five team shutouts.
With the win AUM moved to 11-4-2, and 6-4-1 in Southern States Athletic Conference play. Faulkner dropped to 6-11-1 (4-6-1).