Nov. 12, 2007
AUBURN, Ala. -
The Auburn soccer team was granted a second season on Monday night as it was selected to the 2007 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. Auburn will face Central Florida in a first-round match-up on Friday in Gainesville, Fla.
"We were just really excited to see our name come up. We knew we were on the bubble, but we thought we had done enough to get in," Auburn Head Coach Karen Hoppa said.
Auburn went 10-7-2 this season and is headed to the Sunshine State for the fourth time in its post-season history. This is also the second time that Auburn will be playing Central Florida in the postseason as the two matched-up against each other in the first round in 2002 in Tallahassee, Fla., a 2-0 Auburn win.
"We are really excited with this draw and hopefully we can take care of business in Gainesville," Auburn co-captain Kara Kasten said. "I am excited to play a team that we don't know too much about and hopefully we can show just how strong the SEC is."
Central Florida went 14-4-3 this season and was the Conference USA regular-season co-champion. The Orlando-based school is the alma mater of Hoppa and the school that she coached to a NCAA Tournament berth in 1998, her last of six years at the school before taking over at Auburn in 1999.
"We are going someplace familiar in Gainesville and to play my alma mater will be a really tough challenge for us," Hoppa said.
Auburn, which is appearing in its sixth NCAA Tournament overall and second in a row, is 3-5-0 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and is 1-3-0 all-time against UCF.
"It was such a sigh of relief to see our name come up," Auburn co-captain Lauren Stewart said. "We know the field and environment in Gainesville so hopefully that will play to our advantage over Central Florida."
Game times have not yet been announced for the site, which also includes the host Florida Gators and the Miami Hurricanes. The winners of the Auburn-Central Florida and Florida-Miami match-ups will play on Sunday.
More information will be released as it becomes available.