Auburn Soccer vs Ole Miss at the SEC Tournament
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Auburn Soccer vs Ole Miss at the SEC Tournament

No. 9 Auburn (14-4-2, 9-0-2 SEC) vs. Ole Miss (8-9-2, 4-5-2 SEC)
First Round SEC Tournament
Nov. 4, 2004 Noon
AU Soccer Complex Auburn, Ala.

Match Notes

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scouting auburn...
The Tigers concluded the regular season Friday night with a 3-1 win over Alabama at home, giving Auburn a 14-2-2 record overall and an undefeated 9-0-2 record in the SEC. Although Auburn is the only SEC team that went through the conference season undefeated, they sit at the No. 2 seed, due to a new points system put into place this season. Auburn will meet up with Ole Miss in the first round at noon on Thursday, Nov. 4 in the first round of the SEC Tournament. Auburn's 9-0-2 record in SEC play is the first time the Tigers have gone through the league schedule without a loss and the nine wins is a school record. In Friday night's game, junior Sara Power scored Auburn's first two goals, giving her four for the season. Power was awarded as the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for her efforts in the game. On senior night, senior goalkeeper Megan Rivera sent a long punt down the middle, where senior forward Chrissy Culver picked up the ball on a breakaway for the third goal of the game, and Culver's team-leading seventh of the year. In the SEC Tournament, Auburn is looking for its first win since Nov. 9, 2001, when the Tigers defeated Ole Miss 2-1 in the semifinals. Auburn went on to lose to Florida 2-1 in the championship game.

scouting ole miss...
The Rebels of Ole Miss enter the tournament in the No. 7 spot with a 8-9-2 overall record and a 4-5-2 conference record. With a 1-0 loss at Mississippi State Friday night, the Rebels fell to the No. 7 spot. Brittney Potts leads the team with 10 goals and two assists, while Kelly Renie has scored six goals and added five assists. Goalkeeper Ann Shelton has played in and started all 19 games for the Rebels, giving up 20 goals for a 1.03 goals against average. In those 19 games, Shelton has five shutouts and the team has recorded six. The Rebels are led by former Auburn head coach Steve Holeman, who has led the team to a 108-82-11 record in his 10th season at Ole Miss. Earlier in the season, Auburn and Ole Miss went into overtime before the Tigers pulled out the 2-1 win at home on a Sara Power goal. In the SEC Tournament, Ole Miss is 4-7 all-time. Last season, they advanced to the semifinals with a 2-1 win over Kentucky in the first round, before falling to eventual champion Tennessee 2-0 on the second day. Ole Miss has been a No. 7 seed just one other time, 2001, and the Rebels defeated Mississippi State 2-1 in the first round, but fell to Auburn 2-1 in the semifinals. 

quoting karen hoppa...
On the SEC Tournament...

"This is an exciting opportunity to have the SEC Tournament on our campus and our home field. Our goal is to make the most out of that home field advantage and build on the momentum we have in the postseason."

On the importance of the senior class...
"This year is special because of the senior leadership we have had. Chrissy Culver, Megan Rivera, Sarah Steinmann and Jenn Walters are the heart of this team and we go as they go. Our success is a tribute to their leadership throughout their four years and they are the reason this team has been able to set such high goals this season."

On Ole Miss...
"To have earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament and have to play Ole Miss just shows the strength of this conference. They are a very tough first round draw and I think that shows the parity of the SEC."

series records...
Auburn and Ole Miss have met up 11 times in school history with the Tigers holding a 8-3 advantage. In the SEC Tournament, Auburn is 1-0 with a 2-1 win over UM in 2001. At the AU Soccer Complex, the Tigers hold a 5-1 advantage with the only loss coming on Oct. 8, 2000 (4-0 loss). Record vs. Mississippi (8-3-0)
Sept. 22, 1995  W 3-1 Auburn
Sept. 13, 1996  W 5-0 Auburn
Sept. 26, 1997  W 1-0 Oxford, Miss.
Sept. 27, 1998  W 2-1 ot Auburn
Sept. 24, 1999  L 1-6 Oxford, Miss.
Oct. 8, 2000  L 0-4 Auburn
Oct. 14, 2001  L 0-1 Oxford, Miss.
Nov. 9, 2001  W 2-1 Baton Rouge, La.
Oct. 13, 2002  W 3-1 Auburn
Oct. 19, 2003  W 2-1 Oxford, Miss.
Oct. 10, 2004  W 2-1 ot Auburn

looking for a win...
Although Auburn has been very successful during the regular season in the past few years, they have not won an SEC Tournament game since Nov. 9, 2001. The Tigers defeated Ole Miss 2-1 in the semifinals. In 2002, Auburn, the No. 1 seed, fell to No. 8 seeded LSU 1-0 and in 2003, the Tigers were the No. 2 seed and fell to No. 7 seed Georgia 2-1 in double overtime.

there's no place like home...
Although Auburn's home streak of undefeated games ended Sept. 19 in a 1-0 double overtime loss to No. 6 Kansas, the Tigers have had success lately at the AU Soccer Complex. In the Karen Hoppa era (1999-2004), the Tigers are 39-12-2 at home, including 25-1-2 in the last three years. In SEC action, the Tigers have not lost at home since a 1-0 loss to Georgia on Oct. 7, 2001. 

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 previous highest ranking ever in the poll. Currently, Auburn has moved up to No. 9 in the NSCAA poll. In other polls, Auburn received rankings of No. 12 in Soccer Buzz, No. 12 in Soccer Times and No. 16 in Soccer America.