2002 Auburn Soccer
Auburn Tigers (4-0)
September 13, 2002 7:30 pm
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Scouting the Blue Raiders... Middle Tennessee comes to the Plains with a 1-3-1 record on the year with their win coming in a 4-1 victory against Lipscomb. The Blue Raiders are led offensively by Sarah Linder, who has scored a goal and an assist in the 2002 season.
Scouting the Jaguars... In-state rival South Alabama currently holds a 3-2 record, but will host Alabama on Friday before meeting up with the Tigers on Sunday. In their most recent game, the Jaguars lost to Jacksonville State 3-2 on the road. Julia Herman leads all scorers with seven goals and two assists in four games and Tanya Allegretti is close behind with five goals and four assists.
Looking Back... The Tigers continued to impress last weekend as they shutout both Furman on the road 2-0 and UAB at home 3-0 to improve their record on the season to 4-0. The only goal scored against the Tigers this season has been on a penalty kick against Evansville in a 3-1 Auburn win. Sophomore All-American goalkeeper Megan Rivera and head coach Karen Richter re-joined the team against Furman after being away with the World Champion Under-19 U.S. National team.
Looking Ahead... Auburn will go on the road to Amherst, Mass., to play Rhode Island and UMass on Sept. 20 and Sept. 22 respectively. Match times are set for 2 p.m. CST on both Friday and Sunday and will be live on WAUD 1230 AM.
The Richter File... Karen Richter is in her fourth season at the helm of the Auburn soccer program. She came to Auburn from her alma mater Central Florida where she posted a 64-44-9 record over six seasons. Richter led UCF to five TAAC titles and a trip to the 1998 NCAA Tournament. She holds a 98-72-10 overall mark in this her 10th season as a collegiate head coach. She has led her teams to six double-digit win seasons, including 11 last season with the Tigers. While at Auburn she has posted a 34-28-1 mark, including leading the Tigers to a school record 13-7 record in 2000. In 2001 Richter was named to the United States National Youth Team coaching staff as the goalkeeper coordinator and is currently serving as an assistant coach on the US Under-19 World Championship team at the Junior World Cup.
Two To Go... Head coach Karen Richter is just two victories shy of her 100th of her coaching career. Richter has the chance to reach that plateau this weekend with wins over Middle Tennessee and South Alabama. She earned 64 wins in her six seasons at Central Florida and has 34 victories in four seasons at Auburn. She would become the 50th coach to reach the milestone.
Back This Season... Assisting Karen Richter again this year are assistant head coach Matthew Mott and assistant coach Heather Walker. Mott, a longtime assistant to Richter at Central Florida, made the move with Richter to the Plains from Orlando and is in his fourth season at Auburn. The Central Florida graduate was promoted to assistant head coach following the 2000 season. Mott and his wife Jennifer became proud parents for the first time in July to Matthew Dean Mott, Jr. Welker is in her second season at Auburn. The 1997 Tulsa graduate came to Auburn after stints as assistant coach at Tulane and Memphis.
Over the Airwaves... Auburn soccer made history in 2001 by having matches broadcast live on the radio. The Tigers will be making even more history in 2002 as all but one match will be over the airwaves. Andy Burcham will provide the play-by-play on WAUD 1230 AM for the games. Auburn was 4-2 in the six matches carried live on the radio last season. The Tigers defeated Vanderbilt, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi and lost at Kentucky and to Florida.
Movin’ On Up... After pulling out to a 4-0 record on the season, the Tigers have been recognized for their accomplishments by earning a No. 15 ranking by the latest Soccer Buzz top 25 rankings. In the last poll, Auburn was ranked at No. 25 and jumped 10 spots in just one week. Soccer Buzz also ranked Auburn as the No. 2 team in the Southeast Region behind North Carolina, which is arguably the toughest region in the country.
Big Expectations... The Tigers have been voted the top team in the SEC Western Division for the preseason of 2002 by other SEC coaches. In the SEC, Auburn earned 10 of the 12 votes to be the No. 1 team in the division. One of the two votes not for the Tigers came from Auburn, as each team is not permitted to vote for their own team. Auburn returns eight starters from the 2001 team and adds an impressive freshman class to the lineup this year.
Snell Steps Up In Rivera Absence... Auburn freshman goalkeeper Laura Snell had big shoes to fill in the absence of All-American Megan Rivera, and lived up to the challenge. Snell shut out No. 17 West Virginia 2-0 in her first collegiate start and went on to earn the 3-1 win over Evansville with the one goal coming on a penalty shot. Snell was named the SEC Player of the Week for her efforts and was recently named to the Soccer America Team of the Week and the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week.
Richter and Rivera Make History; U.S. Wins World Championship... Auburn head coach Karen Richter and sophomore goalkeeper Megan Rivera helped make history as part of the first-ever FIFA Under-19 World Championship team from the United States. Richter worked as an assistant coach for the team and Rivera earned a spot on the 18-man roster that went on to win the World Championship title in a 1-0 sudden death overtime win over Canada. The team went undefeated throughout the tournament taking England in the first game 5-1 and shutting out Australia 4-0 and Chinese Taipei 6-0. The US team went on to defeat Denmark 6-0 in the second round and earned a trip to the semifinals where they defeated Germany 4-1. Rivera earned not only SEC Freshman of the Year honors in 2001, but was also named as an All-American and to the All-SEC first team in her rookie year.
Rookie Success...This season, the Tigers have been impressed with their freshmen output so early in the season. So far in 2002, the freshman class has scored seven of the team’s 10 goals. Leading both the freshmen and the team, is rookie Jessie Allan, who has scored three times on the season and assisted on two more. Freshman goalkeeper Laura Snell earned a shutout in her first collegiate start and held Evansville to a 3-1 score with the only goal coming on a penalty kick. For her efforts, she was named the SEC Player of the Week as well as being named to the Soccer America and Soccer Buzz teams of the week.
Eight Newcomers Join the Tigers...For the 2002 season, eight freshman join the squad that made Auburn’s first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. Although the team appears young, the Tigers were voted as the top team in the SEC West for the year by other conference coaches.
Co-SEC West Champs... Auburn won a share of the Southeastern Conference Western division title in 2001. The Tigers defeated Alabama 2-1 in overtime on Nov. 2 to earn the share of the school’s first-ever division title in soccer. Auburn shares the title with Mississippi State after MSU scored with nine seconds left in the second overtime on Nov. 2 at Mississippi.
Record Wins... Auburn’s five SEC victories in 2001 ties the school record for conference wins in a season. The Tigers equaled wins of the 1995 team that finished 5-3 in the SEC. The 1995 team defeated Mississippi, Mississippi State, Arkansas, South Carolina and Alabama to earn its five victories. In 2001 Auburn got past Tennessee, Arkansas, LSU, Vanderbilt and Alabama.