Oct. 17, 2007
AUBURN, Ala. -
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The honors keep coming in for the No. 25 Auburn women's soccer team following last weekend's pair of shutout victories as Soccer Buzz selected sophomore forward Rebecca Howell to its Elite Team of the Week on Tuesday night. While the honors continued to multiply by the day, the team has focused its attention on the upcoming weekend, which is a trip to Florida and South Carolina.
Howell, who was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week earlier in the week, leads Auburn in goals (six) and points (17) after netting two goals and an assist last weekend as Auburn moved into first place in the SEC West with wins over then-No. 19 LSU and Arkansas.
Auburn, which is ranked for the first time since September of last season, has a tough challenge ahead of it this week as it must travel to Gainesville, where it has never won before, for a key Friday night (7pm ET) battle.
"We completely control our own fate in both the SEC West and the SEC overall with five games to go and a lot of soccer to be played," Auburn Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. "Our focus has to be on one game at a time, not the whole SEC, because every game is a big one.
"Florida is a difficult place to play. The field is smaller than any other field we play on in the SEC," Hoppa continued. "Florida is a very talented, athletic team just like always. Hopefully we can carry some of our momentum from last weekend into our play."
After hitting Gainesville, Auburn will travel north to Columbia for a 2pm ET tilt at South Carolina on Sunday.
"South Carolina is one of the best defensive teams in the league, and that is their mark," Hoppa said. "They defend really well and are playing at home, where everyone is better. They beat North Carolina, which is the soccer powerhouse, and to defeat them and that offense says a lot about what kind of team they are."