Oct. 23, 2012
The Auburn soccer team closes out the regular season on Thursday at 7pm when it hosts arch rival Alabama in the annual Iron Bowl of Soccer matchup. Auburn goes into the finale 10-9-0, 6-6-0 SEC while Alabama is 8-8-2, 3-7-2 SEC.
Having already clinched a berth in next week's SEC Tournament at Orange Beach, Auburn is now playing for seeding and a coveted top-six seed, which includes a first round bye. To claim the day off, Auburn, which is currently seventh in the standings, must win and have LSU defeat or tie Arkansas.
The Last Meeting
October 28, 2011
Auburn Falls In Regular-Season Finale, 3-2, To Alabama
The Auburn soccer team rallied from a two-goal deficit 62 minutes into the match but allowed an 88th minute goal to fall, 3-2, at Alabama in the regular-season finale for both teams. The loss drops Auburn's record to 11-6-2, 5-5-1 SEC and sets up a SEC Tournament first round rematch with LSU on Wednesday.
"We want to get the Iron Bowl trophy back," Auburn Head Coach Karen Hoppa
said. "We lost it last year after owning it for several years in a row. That needs to be our focus as it's the only thing we can control. We can't control what seed we get so our focus is trying to win that trophy back."
Alabama is currently on the outside looking in at next week's tournament and would have to jump over South Carolina in the standings to earn a spot. South Carolina hosts SEC leader Florida at home in its regular season finale.
Auburn will honor its six seniors at 6:45pm prior to kickoff. The six seniors - Ana Cate, Mary Coffed, Amy Howard, Mary Nicholson, Jessica Rightmer and Jessica Wolfe - have helped lead Auburn to a 46-32-7 (.582) mark over the past four seasons, has been a part of four SEC Tournament teams, the 2011 SEC Tournament Championship and three straight NCAA Tournament berths.
"We have a great senior class. They played a very important role in us winning the SEC Tournament Championship last year and they have had tremendous careers here," Hoppa said. "We want to send those girls out the right way."
The first 500 fans through the gates will receive an Auburn Soccer Pillow Ball courtesy of Verizon. It is also All Auburn, All Orange and fans are encouraged to wear orange to the match. Auburn Ignited members will receive double Foursquare points and students will receive double scan-in points.
Admission is free.
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