Auburn Soccer vs Alabama Preview


Auburn Soccer vs Alabama Preview

#10 Auburn (13-2-2, 8-0-2) vs. Alabama (9-9-0, 5-5-0)
Oct. 29, 7 p.m. AU Soccer Complex
Radio: WTGZ 910 AM

Game Notes

scouting auburn...
Auburn took control of the SEC with a 2-1 win Friday night vs. Tennessee, but then relinquished the lead to the Lady Vols again on Sunday with a 1-1 tie at Georgia. Auburn's win over No. 8 Tennessee gave the Tigers its second win over a top 10 team this season and only its third in school history (a 1-0 defeat over No. 6 Virginia, Sept. 9, 2001 and a 1-0 win over No. 4 Florida Sept. 26, 2004). In Auburn's only two conference games where they found themselves down 1-0, senior forward Chrissy Culver has come up with a big goal to save the Tigers from suffering a loss. She did it again at Georgia at the 76th minute, tying with the Bulldogs 1-1. Auburn's only chance of regaining the lead in the SEC Championship race and claiming their second title in school history is for the Tigers to defeat Alabama Friday night and Tennessee to either tie or lose to Georgia at home. If Auburn ties Alabama, it would need for the Vols to lose to Georgia in the new points system. The Tigers have solidified at least a No. 2 seeding in the upcoming SEC Tournament. If Auburn remains in the No. 2 position, the Tigers will meet up with the loser of the Ole Miss/Mississippi State contest. If the game ends in a tie, Auburn will play MSU.

scouting alabama...
Alabama enters the game holding a 9-9-0 overall record and 5-5-0 in conference play. The Crimson Tide has secured a spot in the SEC Tournament for the first time since 1998, when the tournament was held in Tuscaloosa and they advanced to the semi-finals. Jordan O'Banion leads the team in scoring with eight goals and two assists on the year. Kylie Boyd has started just seven games, but is second on the team with seven goals and Libby Probst sits with four goals and six assists. Goalkeeper Laura Lowman has played in all 18 games, starting 16 for the Crimson Tide. She has allowed 25 goals for a 1.37 goals against average and has three shutouts on the year. Head coach Don Staley is in his 11th year at Alabama with a 112-94-9 record at the school. Earlier this season, Staley recorded his 300th career victory and is now 301-223-35 in his 20th year as a head coach. For the first time last season, the Iron Bowl of soccer trophy was presented to the winner and will be passed on each season to the winner.

quoting karen hoppa...
On Alabama...
"The Auburn/Alabama game is always such a battle and tomorrow (Friday), nothing is more important as a team than that state championship. Everytime we play them, it is such a tough game. Alabama has had such a great year of quality soccer and they are playing with a lot of confidence right now."

series records...
Auburn and Alabama will meet up for the 13th time in school history on Friday. The all-time series is tied at 5-5-2 with Auburn last season's match 2-1 in Tuscaloosa on Halloween. The Tigers have not lost to the Crimson Tide since Oct. 7, 1999 in a 1-3 loss on the road.

highest ranking...
With Auburn's impressive win over Tennessee Oct. 22, the Tigers received some respect in the Coaches Poll (NSCAA) as they moved up seven spots to No. 10, their highest ranking ever in the poll. In other polls, Auburn received rankings of No. 15 in Soccer Buzz, No. 16 in SoccerTimes and No. 16 in Soccer America.