Oct. 14, 2010
The Auburn soccer team takes to the road for a pair of matches as it begins the second half of its Southeastern Conference schedule. Owning a 9-5-0 overall mark and a 3-3-0 mark in SEC play, Auburn sits in second in the SEC West, two points behind leader Alabama with five matches to play.
This weekend Auburn will play at Vanderbilt (7pm CT on Friday) and at Kentucky (noon on Sunday) as it tries to carry the momentum it picked up with last weekend's 1-0 win over No. 6 Florida into the second half of the conference slate.
"We have to build on the momentum that we got from Sunday," Auburn Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. "Our possession was really quality on Sunday and that's what we need to continue."
Auburn is 6-6-2 all-time against Vanderbilt (5-7-1, 1-3-1 SEC) and 3-2-2 in Nashville, going undefeated in its last four trips there (2-0-2), with the two wins being decided by a goal.
"Anywhere you go in this conference is hard to play. Vanderbilt is a really tough place, we have struggled there in the past and it will be critical for us to keep our defending where it was and our possession needs to be better," Hoppa said. "I can say this every week but we need to finish a higher percentage of our chances."
Following the trip to Vanderbilt, Auburn will head to Lexington where it will be looking for its first win in the series with Kentucky (7-5-1, 1-3-1 SEC) since 2007 in a series that is deadlocked at 7-7-2 all-time. A loss last season snapped a six match undefeated streak for Auburn (5-0-1) against its foe from the SEC East.
"Kentucky is going to be a really hungry team. They had a really good non-conference and they are coming off two losses last weekend to LSU and Arkansas so they are going to be dangerous," Hoppa said. "Their coach, Jon Lipsitz, is in the process of rebuilding that program and he has them fighting hard."
The weekend also carries a big piece of significance for Hoppa, who enters the weekend with 198 career wins and needs two more wins to become the 41st active coach to reach 200 wins and the 51st all-time.
Both games will air live on WEGL 91.1 FM in the Auburn/Opelika area as well as online at www.auburntigers.com.
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