Oct. 17, 2011
Ana Cate has been named the Southeastern Conference's soccer Offensive Player of the Week, it was announced by the league office on Monday.
Cate, a junior, had a remarkable weekend in the midfield for Auburn, netting six total points as Auburn picked up wins over No. 18 LSU, 3-1, and Arkansas, 3-0, to move to within a game of first place in both the SEC West and the overall SEC standings.
In the win over LSU, Cate scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season to open up the scoring, firing in a shot from the top of the box off of a Tatiana Coleman cross. She was involved in the eventual game-winner as well as she started the play that resulted in Tori Ball's goal in the 62nd minute, marking her first assist of the season. The win was Auburn's first over LSU since the 2007 season and pulled Auburn to within a game of LSU for first in the SEC West standings.
In Sunday's win over Arkansas, Cate had an assists hat trick, setting up both of Auburn's first two goals and then being credited with the second assist on Tatiana Coleman's goal in the 86th minute as Auburn climbed to within a game of first place in the overall league standings.
With her goal and four assists on the weekend, Cate has moved to second on the team and 10th in the SEC with 20 total points. Her eight goals are seventh in the league.
Auburn stands at 11-4-1, 5-3-0 SEC with three regular-season matches remaining. The final stretch begins on Thursday night at 7pm when Auburn plays host to Georgia at the AU Soccer Complex.
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