Nov. 8, 2010
AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn soccer team found out Monday afternoon that its season will continue as it was selected to the 2010 NCAA Soccer Tournament. Auburn will play South Florida in the first round in Tallahassee, Fla., on Friday at 6 p.m. CT. The other two teams in the Regional are host Florida State and Middle Tennessee who play at 3:30 p.m.
The two winners advance to Sunday's second round at noon CT.
"We are real excited," Auburn Head Coach Karen Hoppa said. "We had some really big wins this year and obviously winning big games helped us get into the NCAA Tournament."
Auburn's selection was its ninth in program history and the fifth straight, a school record.
"It never gets old," Hoppa said of the selection. "You play all year to be able to have an opportunity to play in the postseason. Only 64 teams out of 300-some women's soccer teams get to practice today and we are excited to be one of them."
Auburn (11-7-2) and South Florida (13-5-3) both were both awarded at-large selections to the tournament.
"We are very lucky to be in this position," junior co-captain Katy Frierson said. "We were very nervous coming into the selection show. When we saw our name up there it was a huge reward. It's a testament to how great of a season we have had."
Auburn defeated then-No. 5 Florida State, 3-2, in double-overtime on Sept. 3 in Auburn when Frierson scored in the 108th minute for the first of three wins over top 20 teams this season.
"We were all biting our nails," senior co-captain Sammy Towne added. "Of all the years I have been here I think this is the closest we were to sitting on the fence. We are all excited to be one of the 64 teams that gets to practice today."
Auburn will be playing in Tallahassee in the postseason for the fifth time, also going there in 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2009.
Auburn is 2-4-0 all-time in postseason play in Tallahassee and is in search of its first win there since a 1-0 win over Oklahoma State in the First Round of the 2003 Tournament.
Florida State (13-5-1), also an at-large selection, is the No. 2 seed in the Stanford bracket. The other four teams seeded in the bracket are No. 1 Stanford (18-0-2), No. 3 Marquette (15-4-2) and No. 4 UCF (14-4-3).
Middle Tennessee (13-8-2) received the Sun Belt Conference's automatic bid and is in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.