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Five Days to Soccer

Aug. 18, 2009

The Auburn soccer team kicks off the season in on Sunday, August 23rd at Samford at 6pm. In the days leading up to the season-opener, will count backwards from 10, pointing out significant facts about the number of days left until the opener.

5 - Years with a SEC All-Freshmen Team selection

The Southeastern Conference started recognizing the talents of the freshmen soccer players in 2003 with the SEC All-Freshman Team. Auburn has at least one player selected to the squad in five of the six seasons, starting with Ronda Brooks in 2003 and picking up six recognitions total.

Auburn's six SEC All-Freshman Team selections are: Brooks, Lauren Stewart (2004), Jenn Johnson (2005), Gabi Rivera (2006) and Katy Frierson and Julie King in 2008.

Brooks was named to the 2003 team as a midfielder but later excelled on the back line, culminating where her selection as the SEC Defensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2006. During her freshman season she was third on the team with 15 points, scoring seven goals (two game-winners) and assisting on another. Her seven goals were second only to Sarah Steinmann's 12.

Lauren Stewart worked her way onto the team in her first year on Auburn's backline, playing in 15 games with three starts.

Jenn Johnson made it three straight years that a future defensive whiz would be named to the freshman team when she was recognized in 2005. As a freshman, she started every game on the backline, leading the Auburn freshmen in both minutes and games started. Over the course of her four-year career, Johnson would start 84 consecutive matches, one shy of the school record.



Gabi Rivera carried on the tradition of Auburn players on the All-Freshman team in 2006 when she represented Auburn in the midfield. Before suffering a season-ending injury in a win over Tennessee, she had scored three goals and added an assist in 17 contests. Over her three-year career, she has scored nine goals and has 13 assists for 31 points. Her next assist will place her in the Auburn career top 10.

Frierson and King became the first pair of Auburn teammates to be named to the SEC All-Freshman team in 2008 when Frierson was tabbed in the midfield and King on the backline. Frierson, who was also tabbed the SEC Freshman of the Year, led the team in goals (nine) and points (25), collecting all but two of her points in SEC play. She was also Auburn's second SEC Freshman of the Year, joining Megan Rivera. Rivera won the award in 2001, two years before the start of the team. King, who came to Auburn having never played on the backline, was recognized for just that as she started the first 21 matches of the season before injuring her ankle in the SEC Tournament.

Click here to read No. 6 - SEC Western Division Titles
Click here to read No. 7 - NCAA Tournament Appearances
Click here to read No. 8 - Consecutive trips to the SEC Tournament, 4th-longest active streak in the SEC
Click here to read No. 9 - Straight years in which Auburn has knocked off a Top 25 team
Click here to read No. 10 - Years that Karen Hoppa has been the head coach at Auburn (115-76-13 / .594)

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