King And Frierson Pull In Top SEC Awards
Julie King is Auburn's third SEC Player of the Year

Julie King is Auburn's third SEC Player of the Year

Nov. 1, 2011

Julie King was named one of three SEC Co-Defensive Players of the Year and Katy Frierson was named the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, it was announced by the league office. Frierson and King were each voted to the All-SEC First Team as well while Tatiana Coleman was voted to the SEC All-Freshman Team.

King becomes Auburn's first SEC Defensive Player of the Year since 2006 when Ronda Brooks won the award and is just the third SEC Player of the Year in Auburn history along with Brooks and Sarah Steinmann (2002). Voted First Team All-SEC for the second straight season, the outside back from St. Louis, Mo., has been both an offensive and defensive presence all year long, scoring five goals to go along with four assists while helping Auburn post six shutouts, three of them against SEC competition. Two of her goals were game-winners, including one in the 56th minute in the SEC opener against Kentucky.

Frierson, who joins an elite group by being voted to the First Team for the fourth time in her career, leads Auburn with 24 points on the season, scoring six goals to go along with her 12 assists. Her assist total leads the SEC and is fourth nationally while her 24 points are ninth in the SEC. Against SEC competition, she has tallied 15 points on four goals and seven assists.

The list of previous four-time First Team All-SEC honorees includes Jennifer Burchett of Vanderbilt (1993-96), Kim LaBelle of Kentucky (1994-97), Abby Wambach of Florida (1998-01) and Carrie Patterson of Georgia (2006-09).

Academically, Frierson owns a 3.94 grade point average in political science and becomes Auburn second-ever SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, joining Allison Whitworth in 2008. She has previously been named the 2010 NSCAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year and this year is a 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Finalist.

With the selections of Frierson and King to the All-SEC First Team, it marked the first time since the 1994 and 1995 seasons that Auburn has had the same pair of First Team All-SEC selections in back-to-back seasons, joining Maggie Cauley and Kristen Schier.

Coleman, a forward from Boca Raton, Fla., is tied for second on the team with six goals and seven assists, which is seventh in the SEC and her three game-winning goals lead Auburn. She becomes Auburn's first SEC All-Freshman selection since Amy Howard in 2009 and is the first that is predominantly a forward after three midfielders and three defenders have been honored in past years.

Auburn (11-6-2) opens the SEC Tournament on Wednesday against SEC West Champion LSU. The tournament is being played at the Orange Beach Sports Complex and kickoff for the Auburn game is set for noon CT.

Karen Hoppa, Head Coach

On Julie King being named the Defensive Player of the Year...
"I was very pleasantly surprised and we were very excited for her. Julie has worked really hard in her career and has developed into one of the best defenders in the league. For her to get the recognition from the entire conference was fantastic for her and for our program."

On Katy Frierson being named First Team All-SEC for a fourth straight season...
"For Katy to be First Team All-SEC four straight seasons is a huge testament to her work rate. She came in as one of the top recruits in the country, but she wasn't satisfied with just being at the level that she was at. She has gotten better every single year and I think the SEC and the conference coaches have recognized that."

On Katy Frierson being named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year...
"I have always said that Katy epitomizes `student-athlete.' She does both at absolutely the highest level. She is one of the best college soccer players in the country and then she is also one of the students, not student-athlete but just students, at Auburn. With as high of a GPA as she has had and with what she does in the classroom is just incredibly impressive."

On Tatiana Coleman being named to the All-Freshman Team...
"We knew Tatiana had the great non-conference and coming into the conference we thought she had a chance to be one of the best freshman in the league and she proved that. She missed four games and was still named to the All-Freshman Team. That's a testament to what she did in the seven games that she was healthy enough to play in."

On the group recognition...
"To have three players recognized by the league shows the quality talent that we have. We are happy to see some of our players recognized as some of the elite players in this league."

Julie King, SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year
On winning the award...
"I am really excited about this and I honestly wasn't expecting it. It came out of nowhere for me. I think I really put the work in through the years with the coaches. I didn't even come in as a defender and the fact that I have made it this far is awesome. I really think it's a testament to my teammates and coaches and how much they have helped me. As a freshman I had Jenn Johnson in the back and she was my leader and my coach along with Allison Whitworth. Sammy (Towne), through the years I have had a lot of coaches, not just by title but my teammates have really coached me. Even this year I am still being coached. Mary Nicholson helps me every day. I couldn't have done it without my teammates."

On joining Ronda Brooks as Auburn's only SEC Defensive Players of the Year...
"I am obviously in good company (with Ronda Brooks). Throughout my years and even before I got here Ronda was the defender. To think that I am possibly in the same category as her is incredibly flattering."

Katy Frierson, First Team All-SEC and SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
On being named the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year...
"Being named Scholar-Athlete is very exciting. I take a lot of pride in school and my education and trying best both in school and soccer. It is pretty easy to be a student-athlete here at Auburn. We have the support from coaches, teammates and the people in the student-athlete building. I found stuff in school that I love to learn about and it makes it enjoyable for me."

On being the fifth person to be a four-time First Team All-SEC selection...
"I think it's pretty neat that in my career here at Auburn that it is an award that has happened each time. I don't think it necessarily means that I am that awesome, I think it's a testament to the team that we have here at Auburn and the coaching that we consistently have and how we are able to get into those SEC games and perform well. It's not about me and those awards but the program and the fact that we are able to get representation on the All-SEC teams."

Tatiana Coleman, SEC All-Freshman Team
On being named to the All-Freshman Team...
"I was kind of shocked when Coach Hoppa told me I was on the All-Freshman Team. I have worked really hard for it. Practices are hard and games are hard. I wasn't really aiming for it but I would say it's a good reward for me because I have been working so hard. Soccer has never been so important to me in my life. For me to get the award I am just real happy about it."

On playing with Katy Frierson...
"When I first committed Coach Hoppa told me I had a chance to play with Katy Frierson. I didn't really know who she was. As soon as we played pick-up for the first time in the summer she started playing me these amazing balls that I had never gotten before. She found my feet every time. She texted me right after and said `I cannot wait to play with you' and I told her I was really excited to play with her too. We just connected. We always know where the other is. It has been a great experience and I will really miss her next year because we combine so well."