Aug. 12, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn University women’s soccer team was picked to finish 11th in the Southeastern Conference in preseason voting by the league’s 11 head coaches today.
The poll, which was released by the conference office in Birmingham, Ala., tabbed Auburn with 66 of the total points awarded by the coaches, ahead of rival-Alabama (51), Vanderbilt (25) and Mississippi State (14).
Florida was the favorite with 164 total points and eight first-place votes, followed by Texas A&M, which came in with 162 points and six first-place votes. South Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee rounded out the top five, followed by LSU, Georgia and Arkansas. Ole Miss and Missouri tied with 71 points, before Auburn came in at 11 with its 66 points.
Points were compiled on a 13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis, though each coach was not allowed to vote for their own team.
This year will mark the first year the SEC will be without divisions in soccer.
Auburn is coming off a 8-9-4 record in 2013, winning three matches in the SEC with three ties. The Tigers advanced to their 13th-straight SEC Tournament, the second-longest active streak in the conference.
15 players return to the roster from a year ago, all but two starting at least one game. Included in that group is sophomore Casie Ramsier, who was named an All-SEC freshman along with junior Kala Faulkner, coming off a first team All-SEC season.
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.
2014 SEC Soccer Preseason Coaches' Poll
(First-Place Votes in Parenthses)
|Texas A&M (6)||162|