May 14, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. – With the release of the new SEC Network television schedule for the soccer season, Auburn released its own competition schedule for the 2014 season today, highlighted by three home games that will be televised on the brand new SEC Network.
“We are so excited for the launch of the SEC Network,” Auburn head coach Karen Hoppa said. “The number of SEC soccer games televised has quadrupled and we are thrilled to have a record three home games on T.V. this year.”
Auburn is coming off a strong second-half push to end the season in 2013 that resulted in the program’s 13th-straight appearance in the SEC Tournament. The Tigers made the most of the opportunity, tallying a win over the LSU Tigers in overtime after a penalty goal from then-senior Bianca Sierra.
Ten home matches populate the schedule for the Tigers this fall starting with the Auburn Soccer Classic on August 29-31. Auburn will face UC Irvine to open its year at the Auburn Soccer Complex on August 29 at 7 p.m., followed by a match with Georgia Southern on Sunday, August 31 at 2:30 p.m.
Earlier in the month, Auburn will travel to Athens, Ga., to face SEC-rival Georgia in its only exhibition match on August 16 at 6 p.m. The Tigers and Bulldogs will not face each other during the regular conference season.
Its regular-season opener will occur on the road at Clemson on August 22 at 6 p.m. Last season, Clemson came to Auburn and battled to a double-overtime scoreless tie. The Tigers will remain on the road to travel to Greenville, S.C. and face Furman on August 24 at 12 p.m.
This year’s Southeastern Conference opener for the Tigers will be in front of the home crowd against South Carolina on Sept. 21 and will be the first SEC Network game of the year for the Tigers. First kick for that match is scheduled for 12 p.m.
Auburn’s final home weekend against Mississippi State and Alabama will also be its final two SEC Network games. The Tigers and Bulldogs did not play last year, but Auburn is coming out winners in its last two Iron Bowls of Soccer against the Crimson Tide, winning 1-0 last year in Tuscaloosa to clinch a spot in the conference tournament.
“As usual, we have a really tough schedule for 2014. Our non-conference schedule that includes two really tough tournaments will prepare us for the always competitive SEC schedule.”
Auburn will complete the regular-season at LSU in Baton Rouge on Oct. 30, before the start of the SEC Soccer Tournament, which will, once again, be held at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Ala.
To see the full 2014 Auburn soccer schedule, check out the schedule page on AuburnTigers.com.
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