The Auburn soccer team will play host to Samford in its final non-conference match of the 2010 regular season on Friday at 7pm at the Auburn Soccer Complex. Auburn (5-2-0) is looking for its sixth win of the season, which would be its highest win total going into the SEC season since 2006, but will have to go through a very good Samford (4-2-1) team to achieve it.
"It's a big rivalry game. We have a lot of girls from Birmingham and obviously they do as well so it's a very familiar opponent," Auburn Head Coach Karen Hoppa said.
One of those from Birmingham is Katy Frierson, who leads the team with four goals and 12 points, while running mate Mary Coffed enters the contest with eight points, six of which are assists which ranks second in the country.
Auburn leads the all-time series 5-0-1 with the lone tie coming in the 2009 season opener in Birmingham, a scoreless draw.
"You can look to last year's 0-0 tie at their place. They organize their team very well. Last year they played a 4-5-1 against us and denied our ability to get in behind them, which is obviously when your best goal-scoring chances come," Hoppa said. "They will play very good defense and their goalkeeper is outstanding. It will be a big challenge for our offense."
Auburn has scored outscored its opponents 14-7 through its first seven matches and has a 0.97 goals against average while Samford has nearly identical stats having scored 12 goals and given up seven and has a 0.97 GAA, with all seven goals allowed coming in its first three games.
Friday is "U.S. Youth Soccer Month" night and all youth wearing a soccer jersey will receive giveaways from US Soccer while supplies last. It is also Auburn/Opelika Parks and Recreation Night and admission is free.
About Youth Soccer Month - The national celebration of Soccer in America. More than 19 million children ages 5-19 regularly participate in soccer in the United States, more than peewee football, youth basketball or Little League baseball. Recognizing the impact and importance the sport of soccer plays in the day-to-day lives of America's families, US Youth Soccer is spearheading Youth Soccer Month - Celebrating Soccer in America.