Aug. 20, 2009
The Auburn soccer team kicks off the season on Sunday, August 23 at Samford at 6pm. In the days leading up to the season-opener, AuburnTigers.com will count backwards from 10, pointing out significant facts about the number of days left until the opener.
3 - CoSIDA Academic All-Americans
Auburn has had three different student-athletes pick up CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors. Of the three student-athletes, all three were voted to the Second Team and all three were defensive players, starting with Dawn Dunbar in 1997 and then followed by Erin Hinson in 2003 and Jenn Johnson, who was an Academic All-American twice, both in 2007 and 2008.
Dunbar was a four-year starter for Auburn and scored 10 goals in her career. In her Academic All-America season, the Slidell, La., native tallied four goals and two assists, helping the Tigers to an 11-9-1 record. A three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, she maintained a 3.81 GPA while majoring in English.
Hinson, a native of Birmingham, accumulated a 3.86 GPA in exercise science during her stint at Auburn. In addition to her academic accolades, Hinson was a major part of Auburn's success on the field from 2000-03. Named a team captain in each of her final three seasons, she helped the team to three SEC Western Division titles and a SEC Championship in 2002. Hinson completed her career at Auburn with 83 consecutive starts, which is tied for fourth all-time at Auburn. She also finished with three goals, six assists and a game-winning goal against Alabama in her final regular-season game.
A defender from Loganville, Ga., Johnson is the only student-athlete in program history to be voted an Academic All-American twice during her career. She had a perfect 4.0 GPA majoring in psychology while also pursuing a minor in criminology. A permanent fixture on the backline, she started all 84 games that Auburn played in over her career, one shy of the school record, amassing two goals and seven assists. She helped Auburn to three straight NCAA Tournament berths and SEC West Championships in 2006 and 2008.
Though not a CoSIDA Academic All-American, Kristen Schier was also recognized for her work in the classroom as she was a two-time ISAA All-America Scholar-Athlete (1995 and 1997). A midfielder from Bradenton, Fla., she carried a 3.64 GPA with a major in secondary school mathematics education. A two-time selection to the All-Central Region Team by the NSCAA, she earned All-SEC honors all four years. At the time of her graduation, she was second on the Auburn career list with 23 assists and third in career points with 65, both of which are still in Auburn top six.
Click here to read No. 4 - Times Auburn has entered the season ranked in the Top 25
Click here to read No. 5 - Years with a SEC All-Freshmen Team selection
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)