2012 Soccer Season In Review
Dec. 11, 2012
Auburn finished the season 13-11-1, 7-6-0 SEC
Auburn's 13 wins are tied for fifth-most in program history and equaled what the team did in 2000. The school record for wins in a season is 15 (2002, 2004 & 2011).
Auburn's 7 SEC wins are tied for the second-most in program history, equaling what the 2008 team did (7-3-1). The school record for conference wins in a season is nine set in 2004 (9-0-2).
Auburn advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh straight time and the 11th time overall. It was one of six SEC teams to advance to the NCAA Tournament. Auburn's 11 NCAA Tournament berths is the third-most among SEC teams behind only Texas A&M (18) and Florida (16) and its seven straight is also third-best behind Texas A&M (18) and Florida (10).
Auburn advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round for the second straight year and the sixth time overall. It was one of four SEC teams to advance to the NCAA Tournament Second Round.
Auburn finished second in the SEC West, marking the fourth straight year Auburn has been among the top two in the division and the third straight it has finished second. Since Karen Hoppa has been the head coach at Auburn the program has finished first (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010) or second (2005, 2007, 2011, 2012) 11 out of 13 years.
Auburn was a combined 5-2-0 against SEC West opponents this season (regular season and SEC Tournament) and was a combined 4-4-1 against the SEC East.
Auburn played in a 12th consecutive SEC Tournament. Auburn's 12 straight SEC Tournament appearances is the third-longest active streak in the conference behind only Florida (18) and Tennessee (15).
Auburn advanced to the SEC Tournament Championship match for the second straight season and the fifth time overall (1994, 2001, 2005, 2011, 2012).
Goalkeeper Amy Howard ended the year leading the nation in minutes played (2298:56) and eighth in total saves (130). It marks the first time an Auburn player has ever finished the year as a national leader in any statistical category. Howard played 30 seconds more than Baylor's Michelle Koss (2298:26) to earn the distinction.
Howard's goalkeeper minutes (2298:56) established a new single-season record at Auburn, besting her own mark of 2036:50 from her freshman campaign in 2009.
Sophomore forward Tatiana Coleman finished the year leading the team in points (27), goals (9), assists (9), shots (71), shots on goal (38) and game-winning goals (4). In her two-year career she accumulated 16 goals and 17 assists for 49 points, taking 127 shots and putting 71 on goal. She has scored eight game-winners.
Auburn played 13 one-goal games, going 6-7-0 in those contests. Of its final five losses, four of them were by a goal while only three of its final five wins were by a goal.
Auburn finished the year with just one come-from-behind win, it coming after it trailed South Carolina, 2-0, just 19:34 into the match on Sept. 28. Conversly, Auburn surrendered just two leads on the season, those coming in 2-1 losses to Florida (Sept. 16 in overtime) and Kentucky (Oct. 21). Auburn was 12-2-0 when scoring first and 1-8-0 when the other team scored first.
Auburn finished the season with just one tie, its fewest draws in a season since it has just one in 2005.
Head Coach Karen Hoppa concluded her 14th season at Auburn and now has a 164-111-24 (.587) mark with the program. She is also now 228-155-33 (.588) in 20 years as a Division I head coach. She is currently 35th among the winningest active coaches by victories.
Auburn's senior class of Ana Cate, Mary Coffed, Amy Howard, Mary Nicholson, Jessica Rightmer and Jessica Wolfe led the program to a 48-35-8 (.571) mark from 2009-12, was a part of four SEC Tournament teams, the 2011 SEC Tournament Championship team, the 2012 SEC Tournament Championship runner-up and four straight NCAA Tournament berths. (Nicholson joined the program in 2008 but was a medical redshirt in 2009.)
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