Megan Rivera Becomes Auburn Soccer's First Four-Time All-American
Jan. 12, 2005
AUBURN - Auburn soccer boasts two players as 2004 Soccer Buzz All-Americans including four-time All-American goalkeeper Megan Rivera and sophomore defender Ronda Brooks. In addition to the All-America honors, Auburn placed five players on a Soccer Buzz All-Region team.
“When Megan came in as a freshman, she became our first All-American, so to end her career as our first four-time All-American speaks volumes to the impact that she has had on our program,” head coach Karen Hoppa said. “She has paved the way for many more All-Americans to come here at Auburn like Ronda Brooks. Ronda is the first sophomore we have had to be named both Soccer Buzz and NSCAA All-American in the same year.”
Brooks, a native of Marietta, Ga., was recently named an NSCAA All-American, to the NSCAA All-Southeast region first team and was also named as a first team All-SEC member. This season, Brooks moved back to her natural position as a center back after playing her freshman season as a midfielder, due to team injuries. Brooks helped lead the Tigers to eight shutouts on the year and just 15 goals allowed on the season.
Rivera, a Miami, Fla., native, has re-written the Auburn and SEC record books, accumulating an outstanding 33 career shutouts. Rivera has five All-America awards, eight All-Region honors, four All-SEC team honors and an SEC Freshman of the Year award.
Five Tigers were honored with All-Southeast Region honors as well, including Brooks and Rivera were senior forward Chrissy Culver, senior forward Sarah Steinmann and senior defender Jenn Walters.
“We are thrilled that five of our players were recognized by Soccer Buzz on the all-region team,” Hoppa said. “Certainly, this is a reflection of the success of the team this season and it is particularly special because all four of our seniors were honored.”
Brooks and Rivera were named to the region’s first team. Steinmann, a senior forward from Lilburn, Ga., was named to the All-Southeast Region second team for the third consecutive season. Steinmann led the team in assists with six and was second with six goals on the year.
Culver and Walters were both named to the third team. Culver, a senior forward from Marietta, Ga., earned her Culver's first all-region award earlier in the season from the NSCAA and adds this award to the list. Culver led the Tigers in scoring this season with eight goals and three assists and was honored as an All-SEC first team member for her efforts. Walters served as the team captain for the second season, leading the backfield. The Tigers had seven shutouts on the year, allowing just 15 goals.
Auburn played to a 15-4-2 record in 2004, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers won the SEC Western Division for the fourth consecutive season and were the only undefeated team in conference play with a 9-0-2 record.