Auburn soccer kicks off Friday at 7 p.m.

AUBURN, Ala. - The Auburn soccer team will play its first Southeastern
Conference match of the season on Friday at 7pm . It plays host to
the Mississippi State Bulldogs at the Auburn Soccer Complex.

Friday night is All Auburn, All Orange and the first 250 fans into the facility
will receive a foldable seat cushion from Verizon.

Sunday's match against Ole Miss is a 4pm start and will be televised
live on ESPNU. Sunday is the soccer team's designated SEC "Together
We CAN" Food Drive and fans are encouraged to donate canned food items
to benefit the East Alabama Food Bank.

Auburn, which is back in the national rankings at No. 25, goes into the
weekend on a two-match winning streak, shutting out Cal State Fullerton
and Samford by identical 2-0 counts. Auburn's 6-2-0 (.750) mark in its
first eight matches is its best start since the 2006 season.

"We are very pleased with our 6-2 record," Auburn Head Coach Karen
Hoppa said. "If you would have given that to me at the beginning of
the season, I would have taken it. We played a challenging
non-conference schedule with two really tough road trips."

Auburn, which leads the SEC in assists (24), is fifth in goals (16) and
tied for fifth in shots (140), has won its SEC opener in two of the past
three years and is 5-4-2 under Hoppa in SEC openers.

Mississippi State is 7-2-0, at one point running off a five-match
winning streak, while Ole Miss is 4-4-1 in head coach Matt Mott's
first season in Oxford. Mott was an assistant coach at Auburn from
1999-05 and also coached with Hoppa at Central Florida."

"Mississippi State has had a great non-conference too. They are
really riding a good run so it should be a tough match. Hopefully the
Samford match prepared us for their style of play," Hoppa said.
"Matt (Mott) was my assistant for 11 years, seven of which were
here at Auburn. This is his first head coaching job and I am thrilled to
have him back in the conference."

For more information contact Dan Froehlich at 334-844-9803 or

INFORMATION SOURCE: Auburn University Media Relations