March 26, 2013
Senior Mary Coffed was named the Offensive Most Valuable Player while classmate Amy Howard was named the Defensive MVP as the Auburn soccer team handed out its 2012 Awards at its annual banquet last weekend.
Coffed was a four-year starter for head coach Karen Hoppa's team. As a senior she started all 25 matches and led all Auburn forwards with 1,958 minutes, which was also fourth on the team. She finished the year tied for second on the team in goals (six) and points (15). She netted her second career game-winning goal in the 78th minute of the season-opening win over Georgia State. For her career, she played in a school record 92 matches, collecting 17 goals (ninth all-time at Auburn), 22 assists (sixth all-time at Auburn) and 56 points (10th all-time at Auburn).
Howard was a four-year starting goalkeeper for Auburn and finished her career as the Auburn saves leader with 387, which was also second in SEC history. As a senior she logged a national-best 2,298:56 seconds in goal, finishing with 130 saves (second-most in a single-season in Auburn history) and a 1.14 goals against average, posting seven shutouts. Over four seasons she posted 22 career shutouts, tied for second all-time at Auburn, as she played in 84 matches, tied for seventh all-time at Auburn. During her career she backstopped Auburn to two SEC Tournament Championship appearances, including a win in 2011, and four straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
Senior Mary Nicholson was awarded the Barbara Camp Unsung Hero Award. The award is named for the former Auburn Senior Women's Administrator and goes to the player who consistently makes a difference on the field but rarely gets the recognition she deserves. The award typically doesn't got to the leading scorer or the flashiest player, but to a player who always does her job and a player that the team knows it can count on. Nicholson was a starting center-back in 24 matches and finished second on the team in minutes played with 2,039. She scored one goal this year, and it was the game-winning goal in the 15th minute of the 2-1 NCAA Tournament First Round win at Washington. A team captain, she was also named to the SEC All-Tournament Team after helping Auburn post back-to-back shutouts in the quarter- and semi-finals.
Tori Ball won the Most Improved Player Award, which goes to the player who raises her level of play significantly during the season and makes an impact on the team while doing so. Starting just one game as a freshman in 2011, she started all 25 games this season, starting as an outside back, in the midfield and up top as a forward. She finished tied for second on the team in goals (six) and points (15) and notched two game-winning goals.
The Rookie of the Year award went to freshman Kala Faulkner, who was a SEC All-Freshman Team selection by the league coaches and a Second Team All-SEC pick by CollegeSportsMadness.com. A defender, she started all 25 games as an outside back and led the team in minutes played (2,251) and played every minute of the first 10 games and all but 10 minutes of the final 14 games. She collected one goal on the season, the game-winner in the 4-2 win over South Carolina, while helping Auburn post seven shutouts.
Freshman Sophie Simantel was awarded the Coaches' Award. The award, which is the only award voted on by the coaching staff, is chosen on a player's attitude and dedication and goes to a player that will do anything for the team and always gives 100 percent in every situation. Simantel played in 16 games, starting 10 as an outside back.
Auburn's senior class of Cate, Coffed, Howard, Nicholson, Rightmer and Jessica Wolfe led the program to a 48-35-8 (.571) mark from 2009-12, was a part of four SEC Tournament teams, the 2011 SEC Tournament Championship team, the 2012 SEC Tournament Championship runner-up and four straight NCAA Tournament berths.
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