Auburn Soccer Holds End Of The Year Banquet



Auburn Soccer Holds End Of The Year Banquet 

April 25, 2005
AUBURN -- The Auburn soccer team held its year-end banquet Saturday night, honoring the success of the SEC Western Division Champions and recognizing the numerous individual awards.

The seniors led the way for the Tigers on the field in 2004 and Chrissy Culver, Megan Rivera, Sarah Steinmann and Jenn Walters were honored for their contributions, leading the team to a 15-4-2 record and a second round appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Culver, a forward, was named as the team’s Most Valuable Offensive Player while Rivera, a goalkeeper, was awarded as the Most Valuable Defensive Player. Steinmann and Walters were given the Captain Award for their service and leadership during the season.

“It was a special night honoring our 2004 season,” head coach Karen Hoppa said. “It is always exciting rewarding the team with their championship rings. It was an especially touching night with our seniors and it was great seeing all of them recognized for their exceptional careers.”

Awards were handed out for Auburn career records with the seniors claiming seven new school records during their four seasons. Walters, the “iron woman” of the team, played in every match while at Auburn and now holds the records for matches played, matches started and consecutive matches started, all at 84.

Steinmann now holds the record for game-winning goals with 11 and Rivera holds every goalkeeper record including goals against average (0.82), saves (328) and shutouts (33). The goals against average and shutouts records are also SEC records.

Defender Ashley Eason was named the team’s Unsung Hero, junior forward Ashley Willis is the Most Improved Player, junior transfer Courtney Crandell is the team’s Rookie of the Year, redshirt freshman goalkeeper Anna Fiser earned the Coaches’ Award and midfielder Jada Stewart was awarded the Academic Captain Award.
 Also given out during the banquet were All-SEC, All-Region and All-American awards earned during the season. Defender Ronda Brooks became the first sophomore at Auburn to earn both NSCAA and Soccer Buzz All-America honors in the same season. Brooks was also named to the All-SEC First Team and both All-Region teams.

Culver, Rivera, Steinmann and Walters all earned All-SEC and All-Region honors and Rivera became the first four-time All-American in Auburn history with Soccer Buzz third team honors. Freshman defender Lauren Stewart was the other Tiger given SEC accolades as she was named to the All-Freshman team.
 “These last four years have been a great experience and I am thankful for all Auburn has given me,” Rivera said. “This season was fun and I will have a lot of great memories. All of those individual awards and All-America honors are a tribute to how strong our teams were. It is absolutely a reflection on their hard work as well.”
 Auburn’s 2005 schedule will be released later this spring. The Tigers will be hoping to defend their SEC Western Division title for the fifth consecutive season in the fall.