Aug. 8, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. - The theme has been high-energy since the final whistle blew to end the 2013 season and the Auburn soccer team hasn't veered from that attitude when it opened its fall preseason camp this week.
Starting with a 6 a.m. fitness test on Wednesday, the players have already gone through rigorous two-a-day workouts and will continue the fast pace up to its exhibition opener at Georgia on Aug. 16.
"We're pumped," sophomore midfielder Brooke Ramsier said. "I think we're all ready for that first game. Obviously, we go through practice, but we're all saying `When's the first game going to be here?' I think we're really pumped and excited to have gotten started."
Auburn ended its 2013 season on a high note, going undefeated in its final six regular-season games and clinching a berth in its 13th-straight SEC Tournament, the second-longest active streak in the conference.
With a win over LSU in the first round of the conference tournament, the Tigers took that momentum into the spring and continued its torrid pace through workouts and exhibition matches, going 5-0 and recording shutouts in all five matches.
"We're thrilled to be back on the field," Auburn head coach Karen Hoppa said. "Last season, we ended playing our best soccer and had a great spring. We've been anxiously waiting to get this group back on the field and pick up where we left off. It's been a fantastic start. Our first day was as good as we had hoped."
Auburn will be looking to improve on its 8-9-4 record from a year ago and return to the NCAA Tournament, which it had been a part of for seven of the last eight seasons.
Fans can come meet and get autographs from their favorite Auburn soccer players this Sunday at Fan Day. Doors open to Auburn Arena at 3 p.m. and the autograph session will run until 5:30 p.m. Free schedule posters will also be given out to those in attendance, who also wish to have them signed by the players.
Auburn's first competition is an exhibition match against SEC-rival Georgia in Athens, Ga., on Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. The season-opener will be at Clemson on Friday, Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. as well. The Tigers will open their home schedule on Friday, Aug. 29 against UC Irvine at the Auburn Soccer Complex with kick off at 7 p.m.