Auburn Soccer at UNLV Classic Preview
No. 13 Auburn Tigers (3-0-0)
No. 9 Pepperdine (3-0-0) * Sept. 12 * 7 p.m. CT
UNLV (3-2-0) * Sept. 14 * 2 p.m. CT
Peter Johann Memorial Field
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Scouting the Waves... Pepperdine enters its contest with Auburn coming off an outstanding weekend where it defeated No. 4 Stanford in Palo Alto 1-0 and captured a 7-0 win over San Jose State on the road. The Waves earned a No. 7 ranking from Soccer Buzz for their efforts in the latest poll. Jennifer Brewer leads the team offensively with four goals in four games to lead the team. Goalkeeper Anna Picarelli has three shutouts so far allowing just two goals on the season coming in a 0-2 loss to a strong UCLA team. Head coach Tim Ward is in his sixth season with Pepperdine holding a 64-29-11 record.
Scouting the Rebels... UNLV starts off the UNLV Classic with a Friday matchup against Virginia Commonwealth before meeting up with the Tigers on Sunday. Currently, the Rebels are 3-2 with wins over Drury (2-0), Utah State (2-0) and Southern Utah (5-2), but are on a two-game losing streak to San Diego (0-1) and Tennessee (2-5). Annii Magliulo leads the Rebels in scoring with four goals and two assists in five games while Erin Egertson has added two goals and two assists on the year. The Rebels are led by fourth year head coach Dan Abdalla, who owns a 36-26-3 record.
Scouting the Tigers... The Auburn Tigers improved to 3-0 on the season with weekend wins over Southeast Missouri State (2-0) and an overtime 2-1 win over Illinois at home. Junior forward Sarah Steinmann was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week as she scored both goals in the win over Illinois. Steinmann leads the team with three goals and goalkeeper Megan Rivera has allowed just one goal in three games holding a 0.33 goals against average. Against SEMO, Auburn recorded its 100th win and head coach Karen Hoppa became the school's winningest coach with 47 wins. Auburn will meet up with Pepperdine and UNLV for the first time in school history.
What's Next?... After the UNLV Classic, the Tigers will travel across the country to Hanover, N.H. for a tournament at Dartmouth where they will meet up with Harvard on Sept. 19 and Dartmouth on Sept. 21.