Aug. 21, 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.
2 - SEC Players of the Year
Auburn has had a pair of SEC Players of the Year, both coming during Karen Hoppa's tenure. The first was Sarah Steinmann in 2002 while Ronda Brooks picked up the award in 2006.
Steinmann, a forward from Lilburn, Ga., picked up the award following her sophomore year. Heading into the SEC Tournament, she was first in the SEC in assists in conference play with five. She had also tallied six goals and nine assists overall to lead Auburn with 21 points. An instrumental play-maker, she helped lead Auburn to its first-ever SEC title in just her second season.
A four-year letter winner, Steinmann was part of a freshman class that won four consecutive SEC West Division Titles and played in four NCAA Tournaments (2001-04). By the time her career came to a close at Auburn, she had nailed down the school record for game-winning goals (11) and shots (247) while also ranking in the top four in school history with 29 career goals (third), 20 assists (fourth) for 84 total points (tied for second). Along with being named the 2002 SEC Player of the Year, she was also a two-time All-SEC First Team selection (2002 and 2003) and was on the Second Team in 2004.
Brooks was the anchor on Auburn's backline for every game in 2006, starting all 20 games in the middle back for a team that allowed just 14 regular-season goals. The Marietta, Ga., native also netted two goals and an assist during the regular season as Auburn claimed its fifth SEC West Division Title in the last six seasons. At the time of her SEC Player of the Year Award, she was just the third player from a West Division school to ever win a major award from the conference, joining Steinmann and Arkansas' Honey Marsh (1993).
A four-year letter winner, she was named First Team All-SEC for three straight seasons (2004-06) after being named to the All-Freshman Team in 2003. Her play in the 2005 SEC Tournament, when Auburn entered as the sixth-seed and defeated Florida and Kentucky before falling to Tennessee in the championship game, 1-0, earned her Tournament MVP honors, the only Auburn player to be so recognized. She played and started in 83 matches during her career, helping the Tigers to three NCAA Tournament appearances (2003, 2004 and 2006). Her 15 career goals rank tied for eighth in the school's annals.
Click here to read No. 3 - CoSIDA Academic All-Americans
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)