Oct. 19, 2011
Lurking just one game back of first place with three matches remaining, the No. 22 Auburn soccer team will play host to Georgia at 7pm on Thursday in its final regular-season home match. Prior to the match Auburn will honor its four seniors with a special on-field presentation.
"This is a great rivalry for us," Auburn Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. "Both teams are always good and this Georgia team is excellent. On top of the rivalry it's our senior night and we have four amazing seniors that we will honor. It is going to be a very special night and a big game for us."
Auburn comes into the match 11-4-1, 5-3-0 SEC and finds itself just three points behind the four teams that are tied for first in the conference, which includes Georgia (12-4-0, 6-2-0 SEC). Adding significance to the match is that it will be the final match for Katy Frierson, Heather Havron, Julie King and Lydia Townsend, who have helped guide Auburn to a 44-29-8 (.592) mark since 2008 with a pair of SEC West titles (2008 and 2010) and three straight SEC and NCAA Tournament appearances.
Frierson, who is already one of the most decorated players in program history, enters the match needing four points to break the school record for career points after scoring two goals last weekend to up her career goals total to 27 to go along with her school-record 40 assists.
Auburn is 8-1-0 at home this season and has won eight straight. A win on Thursday would match the school record for home wins in a season, done three other times (2002, 2004 & 2008).
A win would also clinch a SEC Tournament berth for Auburn, which would be its 11th consecutive conference tournament appearance.
Thursday night is All Auburn, All Orange and the Student Tailgate Challenge. There will also be a post-match fireworks show.
Following Thursday's match Auburn will travel to No. 14 Tennessee (12-4-0, 5-3-0), which is the team that Auburn is currently tied with in the SEC standings.
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