Dec. 17, 2008
AUBURN, Ala. -
Three former Auburn soccer standouts will try to keep their hopes of playing soccer professionally alive this weekend in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., as Ronda Brooks, Sarah Steinmann and Allison Whitworth head to the Women's Professional Soccer combine.
The former Auburn stars are three of the 72 players that received invitations to participate in the combine, which is being held at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., from Dec. 18-21. The combine consists of one team training session, three matches and physical testing (linear speed and body mass).
Brooks (2006) and Steinmann (2002) are both former SEC Players of the Year while Whitworth just completed her outstanding career at Auburn by taking over the career saves record.
Brooks, a defender, scored 15 career goals and helped Auburn to three straight NCAA Tournaments from 2002-04, starting 83 consecutive matches, which is tied for third all-time at Auburn.
Steinmann, a forward, is third all-time in Auburn history with 29 goals and is fourth with 28 career assists. After being named the MVP of the W-League this past summer, she returned to Auburn in the fall of 2008 and was a volunteer assistant coach for the co-SEC West Champion squad.
Whitworth, a goalkeeper, was voted to the 2008 All-SEC First Team as she backstopped Auburn to a share of the SEC West Title for the second time in her career and a third straight NCAA Tournament appearance. This past year she established the single-season (132) and career (356) record for saves while posting a 1.02 GAA.
The WPS draft will take place on Friday, Jan. 16 at the NSCAA Convention in St. Louis. The WPS Draft is a 10-round draft for players who participated in either the WPS West Coast Combine of the WPS East Coast Combine as well as any other undrafted players whose rights have not yet been assigned to a WPS team.
CLICK HERE for an interview with Ronda Brooks and Sarah Steinmann following the previous combine!