Nov. 5, 2012
The Auburn soccer team has received a seventh-straight bid to the NCAA Tournament, it was announced on Monday afternoon. After finishing the regular season 12-10-1, Auburn travels to Washington, which went 10-7-3 and received an at-large bid out of the Pac-12.
"It never gets old seeing your name go up on that board," Auburn Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. "It's really exciting for these girls. We were on the outside looking in before the SEC Tournament. We had a great run in the SEC Tournament and we played our way into the NCAA Tournament."
Auburn, which received an at-large bid as well, has faced Washington just one other time, it coming in the 2004 NCAA Tournament Second Round, a 1-0 Washington upset win at Auburn.
"Washington is a quality soccer program year-in-and-year-out," Hoppa said. "The last time we played them in the NCAAs they beat us and went to the Elite 8. This is going to be a great matchup for us."
The selection is Auburn's 11th overall, all of which came under Hoppa's direction, and the team is 5-10-0 in NCAA Tournament action.
The winner of the Auburn-Washington match will face the winner of the BYU (18-1-1)-Utah State (13-2-6) match. BYU is the top seed in Auburn's quadrant and would host the second and third round matches should it advance.
The other half of Auburn's quadrant includes fourth-seeded Marquette (16-2-2) vs. Illinois State (13-4-2) and West Virginia (11-4-4) vs. Princeton (13-3-1).
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