Auburn Soccer Closes Out Year With Team Banquet
April 26, 2004
AUBURN - The Auburn soccer team closed out the year with their team banquet celebrating the team's third consecutive Southeastern Conference Western Division title as well as numerous individual awards.
Junior Sarah Steinmann took home the team award for Most Valuable Offensive Player, as she scored a team-high 12 goals on the year, while seniors Sandy Carnes and Erin Hinson tied for the Most Valuable Defensive Player award.
All five seniors on the team received an award, which is voted on by the players, with the exception of the Coaches' Award. Senior Carly Thomas, who was also named to the SEC Good Works Team this season, was presented the Coaches' Award.
Senior midfielder Kellie Evans was awarded as the Unsung Hero for her strong efforts this season and senior Lindsey Wadkins was awarded as the Most Improved Player, as she played at both midfield and defender in 2003.
Freshman Ronda Brooks was awarded as the Rookie of the Year, scoring seven goals, which was second on the team. Redshirt freshman Jada Stewart served as the team's Academic Captain for the season and Carnes, Hinson and junior Jenn Walters were honored as the Team Captains for 2003.
Also during the banquet, the team was given their SEC West Champion rings and Brooks, Carnes, Hinson, Rivera and Steinmann were recognized for national and regional awards received during the course of the year.
The Tigers return 17 players from the 2003 team that went 14-4-3 and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament Second Round. Action will begin again for Auburn this fall.