Aug. 21, 2007
AUBURN, Ala. -
The Auburn soccer team was picked to win the Southeastern Conference's Western Division in a vote by the league's 12 head coaches, it was announced on Tuesday by the league office. The Tigers received eight out of 12 first-place votes in the West with Ole Miss collecting the remaining four.
Auburn and Ole Miss were the only West teams to receive first-place votes while Florida (nine), Vanderbilt (one), Georgia (one) and Kentucky (one) each received first-place votes in the East race. Florida was also selected as the favorite to claim the overall title, receiving nine votes with Vanderbilt, Georgia and Kentucky each receiving one overall champion vote.
Coming off of its fifth SEC West title in the last six years after going 5-3-3 in league play, Auburn returns 17 players off of the 2006 NCAA team and has added eight freshmen.
Points were compiled on a 6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for each division, though each coach was not allowed to vote for their own team. Each coach also voted for one team as an overall conference champion.
The 2007 season begins August 31, with conference play set to begin September 27. The 2007 SEC Tournament will be held November 7-11 at the Orange Beach Sportsplex in Orange Beach, Ala.
Auburn will travel to Jacksonville State on Saturday, Aug. 25, for a 7 pm exhibition match with the Gamecocks. Auburn opens the regular season on Sept. 1 against Kansas in Hawaii.