Nov. 3, 2012
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. - The Auburn soccer team will have to go through No. 10 Florida for the second straight season if it wants to defend its Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship from a year ago. The two teams will kick-off the 2011 Championship Game rematch at 2:30pm on Sunday in a game that will air live on ESPNU.
Auburn (12-9-1) advanced to this season's championship game after tying No. 19 Tennessee, 0-0, and advancing on penalty kicks in the quarterfinal round and then upsetting No. 12 Texas A&M, 2-0, in the semifinals.
Florida (16-4-1) defeated Ole Miss, 1-0, in the quarterfinal round and then downed Missouri, 3-0, in the semifinals to set up the fifth all-time meeting between Auburn and Florida at the SEC Tournament, with each team winning twice and the fifth going down as a draw (Auburn advanced on penalty kicks in the 1995 SEC Tournament).
Auburn will be playing in the SEC Tournament Championship game for the fifth time, also reaching it in 1994, 2001, 2005 and 2011. The five appearances are the most by any SEC West school and ties Auburn with Tennessee for the second-most in league history behind Florida (14).
Auburn will be looking to become the first SEC Tournament repeat champion since Tennessee won back-to-back titles in 2002 and 2003.
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