Nov. 7, 2012
SEVEN STRAIGHT AND 11 OVERALL
When Auburn was selected to receive an at-large bid to the 2012 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament, it marked the seventh straight year and 11th overall that Auburn has been selected. Auburn earned an automatic bid in 2011 after winning the SEC Tournament but has been an at-large selection in the other nine years. Auburn is 5-10-0 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, with all five wins coming in the First Round (2002, 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2011). All 11 bids have come under the direction of Karen Hoppa.
AUBURN AMONG THE SEC ELITE
Auburn's 11th trip to the NCAA Tournament is the third-most among SEC teams behind Texas A&M (18) and Florida (16) and its seven straight is also third behind Texas A&M (18) and Florida (10).
AUBURN GOES TO WASHINGTON
Auburn will be playing at Washington for the first time in school history. The two teams have met just one previous time, it coming in the second round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament at Auburn. Washington upset Auburn, 1-0, that year en route to an Elite 8 trip.
AUBURN VS. THE FIELD
Auburn played 10 games against seven 2012 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament participants, going 2-7-1 in those matches. Auburn picked up wins over Texas A&M and Texas Tech and tied Tennessee but had losses to Florida (twice), Kentucky, Missouri, Pepperdine, Tennessee and Texas A&M.
AUBURN VS. THE PAC
Auburn is a collective 0-9-1 against teams currently in the Pac-12. The lone tie came against Colorado in 2001. Of the 10 matches, three have come in NCAA Tournament play (two vs. California, one vs. Washington).
AND THE WINNER GOES TO...
The winner of the Auburn-Washington match will face the winner of the BYU (18-1-1) vs. Utah State (13-2-6) match next week at the highest seed remaining in Auburn's quadrant. BYU is the number one seed in Auburn's quadrant. The other four teams vying for two spots next weekend are No. 4 seed Marquette (16-2-2), who faces Illinois State (13-4-2) in the First Round, and Princeton (13-3-1) vs. West Virginia (11-4-4). The only teams in the group that did not receive an automatic bid are Auburn, Washington and West Virginia.
S-E-C! S-E-C! S-E-C!
Auburn was one of six Southeastern Conference teams to be selected to the NCAA Tournament, joining No. 2 seed Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas A&M. The six teams are the tied for second-most in the country with the Pac-12 behind only the ACC's nine.
THE LAST TEN
Auburn went 5-4-1 over its last 10 matches, posting four shutouts and getting shutout four times.
AUBURN IN THE RPI
Auburn was ranked No. 48 in the official NCAA RPI rankings heading into the championship and was the second-lowest ranked team to receive an at-large bid. The only team ranked lower to receive an at-large bid was No. 50 Miami while Dartmouth (37) and Louisville (45) were the only teams ahead of Auburn not to recieve berths. Washington was ranked No. 32. Auburn went 2-7-1 against RPI top 50 teams, with the wins coming over Texas Tech and Texas A&M, and is 6-10-1 against the top 100.