Aug. 25, 2010
With a 4-0 shutout already on its resume, the Auburn soccer team will look to build on its early season success as it heads to Milwaukee for the MKE Cup hosted by Marquette. Auburn will play host Marquette on Friday at 7:30pm and then will face UW-Milwaukee on Sunday at 11am, with all matches being played on Marquette's Valley Fields.
Auburn, which is receiving votes in the NSCAA poll for the second straight week, heads to the tournament undefeated after opening the season with its blanking of Tennessee Tech. Marquette is 1-0-1 and ranked No. 23 by Soccer America after it defeated Idaho State, 5-0, and tied Ohio State, 1-1, during the opening weekend. UW-Milwaukee is 1-1-0 as it defeated Ohio State, 2-1, before being blanked at No. 4 Notre Dame, 3-0.
"These two teams are both outstanding soccer teams," head coach Karen Hoppa said. "They both do really well in the national picture and they are both NCAA Tournament teams. Marquette, playing in the competitive BIG EAST conference, made the tournament last year. They are well coached and are very organized. UWM dominates its conference (Horizon League) and they have one of the best forwards in the country in Sarah Hagen, who has scored 24 goals in each of the last two seasons. She will be a handful for our defense."
Katy Frierson and Mary Coffed each had a goal and two assists in the win over Tennessee Tech. The Auburn midfield and defense limited Tennessee Tech to just one shot on the match as sophomore Amy Howard posted the sixth shutout of her career, needing to make just one save.
Both of the weekend matches will air live on WEGL 91.1 FM in the Auburn-Opelika area as well as online at www.auburntigers.com.
Auburn returns home after the MKE Cup for a pair of matches, playing host to Florida State on Friday, Sept. 3 at 7pm and then Western Carolina on Sunday, Sept. 5 at 2pm.