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SOCCER CENTRAL: #19 UT vs. Auburn



Oct. 30, 2012

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#19 UT (14-4-2, 9-3-1) vs. AUBURN (11-9-0, 7-6-0)
Oct. 31, 2012   |   3:30 p.m. ET
Orange Beach Sportsplex   |   Orange Beach, Ala.

SEC TOURNAMENT: [3] No. 19 UT vs. [6] AUBURN
  • No. 19 Tennessee opens its play in the 2012 SEC Tournament on Wednesday with a rematch against the 2011 SEC Tournament champion Auburn. The teams played on Oct. 7 with UT taking a 1-0 road win after senior Kylie Bono scored off a free kick in the 61st minute.

  • Tennessee is 13-11-3 all-time in the SEC Tournament.

  • UT second all-time in league history behind only Florida with four SEC Tournament titles (2002, 2003, 2005, 2008).

  • In 2011, UT went 1-1 as the No. 3 seed. The Lady Vols defeated sixth-seeded Kentucky, 2-1, before falling to seventh-seeded Auburn, 2-0, in the next round.

  • Tennessee holds an 11-6 edge over Auburn in their all-time series. UT has won two of its last three matches against the Tigers.

  • In this week's NCAA RPI rankings, Tennessee is at No. 13. UT finished the 2011 season with an RPI of 33. Auburn has an RPI of 50. Tennessee is also currently ranked 19th in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire Coaches poll.

  • Sophomore goalkeeper Julie Eckel has allowed just 12 goals in 20 games this season. She has a 0.62 GAA, which ranks second in the SEC and 20th in the nation.The UT single-season record for GAA is 0.68 set by Vanessa Phillips-Bosshart back in 2004.

SCOUTING THE TIGERS

  • Auburn finished the regular season at 11-9-0 and 7-6-0 in SEC play. The Tigers have alternated wins and losses in their last seven matches. Auburn is coming off a 4-3 double-overtime win over Alabama on Oct. 25.
  • The Tigers are the defending 2011 SEC Tournament champions. As the No. 7 seed, they were the lowest seed ever to win the SEC tourney crown and the first SEC West team to take the league tournament title.
  • Tatiana Coleman leads the team with eight goals, eight assists, 63 shots, 36 shots on goal and four match-winners. Mary Coffed has six goals and three assists. Tori Ball has five goals.
  • Amy Howard has started all 20 of the Tigers' matches in goal and has a 1.18 GAA with 97 saves.

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