Soccer Hands Out 2011 Team Awards At Banquet
Feb. 20, 2012
The Auburn soccer team celebrated the 2011 SEC Tournament Championship season with the annual Award Banquet last Saturday night. The team and its support staff received its 2011 SEC Tournament Championship rings and also celebrated the four seniors on the team in Katy Frierson, Heather Havron, Julie King and Lydia Townsend.
Frierson took home a host of awards and plaques recognizing her career at Auburn. Named the Offensive MVP for the fourth straight season, she was also award the Captains Award and plaques for the single season assists record (13), the career matches played record (89), the consecutive matches started record (85), the career assists record (42), the career points record (104) and the career game-winning goals record (11).
King, who was a Co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, was named the Most Valuable Defensive Player and was given a Captains Award. She was also recognized for her school record 87 matches started.
The Most Improved Player Award went to sophomore Kim Spence, who played in just 10 matches with no starts as a freshman but played in all 24 matches with 10 starts as a sophomore, showing her versatility by playing both up top and back as a defender. She finished the year with four points on four assists.
Tatiana Coleman was named the Rookie of the Year following her SEC All-Freshman season. In 20 matches she finished third on the team in points (22) and second in shots (56). Her 0.40 assists per game were 64th nationally and Auburn went 15-4-1 with her in the starting lineup, out-scoring its opponents 47-23 in those 20 matches.
Jessica Rightmer was given the Barbara Camp Unsung Hero Award, named in honor of the former Auburn Senior Women's Administrator. A starting midfielder in 24 matches, she played 2,175 out of 2,207 minutes, the most of any non-defensive player on the team, finishing the year with three points on a goal and an assist.
Amy Howard and Havron were each given the Coaches' Award as Howard returned from ACL surgery in just 16 weeks to help lead Auburn to the SEC Tournament title and the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. In 16 matches she had a 1.33 goals against average and a .753 save percentage, making 64 saves. Havron was a starting defender in all 24 matches and had seven points on a goal and five assists. She played 2,107 out of 2,207 minutes and finished her career with 86 matches played, third all-time at Auburn.
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