Tennessee leads the all-time series over Auburn 9-5-0, but the two teams have split the previous four meetings. UT is 4-1 versus the Tigers in Knoxville but dropped a 3-1 decision to AU during the last match-up at the Regal Soccer Stadium back on Oct. 22, 2009.
The Blue & Orange enters the contest at 11-4-2 overall and 5-3-1 in SEC action, good enough for fifth in the most updated league standings. Auburn is unbeaten in its last three matches (2-0-1) with victories over LSU (3-0) and Arkansas (3-1) and most recently a tie against Georgia (0-0, 2OT). AU is just 1-3 on the road in SEC play.
Senior MF Katy Frierson (5 G, 11 A), junior MF Ana Cate (8 G, 4 A) and freshman F Tatiana Cole (6 G, 7 A) lead an Auburn offense that boasts five players with four or more scores. Between the pipes, redshirt freshman Chandler Hillen owns a 7-1 record with a 1.07 GAA and 24 saves, while junior Amy Howard is 4-3-1 with a 1.36 GAA and 31 saves.
Auburn enters its contest against the Lady Vols with the second-highest scoring offense in the SEC, totaling 38 total goals for a 2.24 goal-per-match average. Tennessee is currently tied for third in scores with 36 and tallying at a 2.12 GPM clip to rate third. UT is second in the league defensively, allowing just 15 goals for a 0.88 goals-per-match mark, while the Tigers rate eighth in the SEC, having permitted 22 goals for a 1.29 GPM average.
Tennessee Soccer Free Kicks
Top Drawer Soccer has released a ranking of what it deems the Top 20 Players in Southeastern Conference soccer and the Lady Vols are well represented. Sophomore forward Caroline Brown came in at #5, senior forward Emily Dowd was #8 and senior forward Chelsea Hatcher rated #16. Tennessee joined Florida and LSU as the only three league schools to boast a trio of players on the illustrious listing.
Time before the annual SEC Tournament in Orange Beach, Alabama, is growing short and teams are jockeying for one of eight spots in the league's showcase event slated for Nov. 2-6. As of Oct. 21, Tennessee sits seventh overall in the standings. The Lady Vols already own a win over Florida and still have contests to play against Auburn and Georgia. LSU, South Carolina, Kentucky and Alabama own the head-to-head tiebreaker advantage over the Big Orange by virtue of their wins over UT.
At this point in any season certain trends begin developing statistically with a team and Tennessee soccer in 2011 is certainly no different. Entering their match vs. Auburn on Oct. 23, the Lady Vols are an impressive 8-0-0 during day matches but just 4-5-0 during night contests. UT is a perfect 7-0-0 when leading at the half, but only 1-3-0 when behind at the break and 5-5-0 when trailing or tied at the half. The Big Orange is 10-0-0 in contests in which they total at least two goals and just 2-5-0 when scoring a single tally or less. Tennessee is also 10-2-0 when permitting one goal or less and just 2-3-0 when allowing two or more scores.
The latest NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) for women's soccer has been released (10/19) and the Southeastern Conference boasts eight of the top 50 teams in the listing. Florida leads the way at #5, followed by Kentucky (#15), Auburn (#22), TENNESSEE (#25), Georgia (#32), LSU (#33), South Carolina (#39) and Vanderbilt (#43). The RPI is one of the factors utilized by the NCAA in handing out tourney seeds and slots in the annual NCAA Field of 64. It consists of three factors that are weighted as follows: a team's Division I winning percentage (25%), opponent strength of schedule (50%) and opponents' opponent strength of schedule (25%).