Sept. 25, 2008
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The Auburn soccer team will open up Southeastern Conference play this weekend when it travels to Kentucky and Vanderbilt. Sunday's game in Nashville, Tenn., will air regionally on FSN as part of SEC-TV and will also be a `Power in Pink' contest in an effort to raise awareness of breast cancer.
"We are excited about playing Vanderbilt in a game that will have more meaning than just wins and losses," Auburn Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. "Many people have been affected by breast cancer, and as a group our team has had family members affected by it. Hopefully we can raise a lot of awareness on Sunday as we play a good Vanderbilt team."
The Power in Pink initiative started this year with 10 collegiate teams participating this fall. The games were selected based on when two schools which wear Under Armour uniforms play each other. The day of the game, representatives for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center will be stationed at the Vanderbilt Soccer Complex to hand out materials and answer questions.
Under Armour, the apparel outfitter for both Auburn and Vanderbilt, has made special pink uniforms that both teams will wear in the 2pm CT match on Sunday. Auburn will wear pink jerseys while Vanderbilt will wear white jerseys with pink trim.
Auburn is 4-4-1 on the season while Kentucky is 2-5-1 and Vanderbilt it 6-1-1.
"Vanderbilt is playing with a lot of confidence. They play great possession and have one of the best midfielders in the league in Katie Schulz and they will play everything through her," Hoppa said. "Kentucky is a similar team to us. They scheduled a difficult non-conference schedule, playing four ranked teams, and I think they will be very hungry just like we are. I think it is going to be a high-emotion game."
The Kentucky match will begin at 7pm ET on Friday.
For more information on the Power in Pink program go to www.underarmour.com/powerinpink.