Soccer set to host Alabama, Auburn

Sept. 25, 2008

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Vanderbilt Soccer Set For SEC Opener

Vanderbilt will open its 16th year of Southeastern Conference play against Alabama Friday night at 7 p.m. at the VU Soccer Complex. The Commodores will then host Auburn on Sunday afternoon in a game tabbed "Power in Pink". Both schools in Sunday's match will wear a variation of a pink uniform, provided by Under Armour, to raise awareness about breast cancer.

Series History (Alabama)

Vanderbilt has dominated the series holding an 11-1-3 advantage all-time. VU's lone loss came in 1999 at Alabama. The Commodores are 8-0 all-time in Nashville. The teams tied 1-1 last year in Tuscaloosa.

Last Five Meetings
September 28, 2007: Vanderbilt 1, Alabama 1 (2OT) (Tuscaloosa)
September 29, 2006: Vanderbilt 3, Alabama 1 (Nashville)
October 2, 2005: Vanderbilt 1, Alabama 0 (Tuscaloosa)
October 3, 2004: Vanderbilt 1, Alabama 0 (OT) (Nashville)
October 12, 2003: Vanderbilt 0, Alabama 0 (OT2) (Tuscaloosa)

Series History (Auburn)
Vanderbilt leads the series 6-4-2. The Tigers won 2-1 last season at Auburn. The teams are even at 2-2-2 in games played in Nashville.

Last Five Meetings
September 30, 2007: Auburn 2, Vanderbilt 1 (Auburn)
October 1, 2006: Auburn 0, Vanderbilt 0 (2OT) (Nashville)
September 30, 2005: Vanderbilt 1, Auburn 0 (Auburn)
October 1, 2004: Auburn 1, Vanderbilt 1 (2OT) (Nashville)
October 10, 2003: Auburn 3, Vanderbilt 2 (Auburn)

Polls (NSCAA- National Soccer Coaches Association) (SB- Soccer Buzz) (ST- Soccer Times) (SA- Soccer America) (TD- Top Drawer Soccer)

Alabama is receiving votes in the NSCAA's Southeast Region rankings. Auburn is ranked 10th in the Southeast Region by the NSCAA. Vanderbilt is ranked 11th in the Central Region by SB and is receiving votes in the NSCAA Central Region poll.

The Coaches

VU's Ronnie Coveleskie is 80-72-27 in her 10th season overall as a head coach and is 65-51-25 in eight seasons in Nashville. She is 4-0-2 against Alabama and 1-3-2 against Auburn. Alabama's Todd Bramble is 5-2-1 in his first year in Tuscaloosa and 85-53-18 in his 8th year overall. He was the head coach at Clemson when the two teams tied 1-1 in the 2006 NCAA tournament. Clemson advanced via penalty-kick. Auburn's Karen Hoppa is 171-115-24 in her 16th season as a head coach and 107-71-15 in her 10th year as the Tigers coach.

Live Stats/TV

Check for live stats and updated information on the Vanderbilt Soccer team throughout the season. Friday's game will be webcast on vucommodores with award-winning announcer Travis A. Young III providing play-by-play. Fox Sports South televises Sunday's game. Pete Pranica (play-by-play) and Jenn Hildreth (analysis) will call all of the action.

Scouting Alabama

Alabama is 5-2-1 on the year and carry a four-match winning streak into Friday's contest. The Crimson Tide defeated Chattanooga, 5-0, and Mississippi Valley, 1-0, last weekend to end their non-conference schedule.

Senior Kalley Corken leads the team with five goals and an assist for 11 points. Sophomore Victoria Frederick and senior Jessica Deegan are tied for second on the team with three goals each. Junior goalkeeper Kara Gudmens has a 0.89 goals against average with three shutouts and 41 saves. As a team, Alabama has notched five shutouts in eight games; including four consecutive times entering Friday's action.

Scouting Auburn

Auburn is ranked No. 11 in the Southeast Region and goes into its SEC opener against Kentucky with a 4-4-1 ledger. The Tigers have faced a stout non-conference schedule with four games against Top 25 teams. AU defeated Samford, 3-0, last Friday to end its non-SEC slate.

Junior Rebecca Howell leads the team in scoring with two goals and five assists for nine points. Junior Chelsea Yauch has three goals to lead the team in that category.

Senior goalkeeper Allison Whitworth has a 1.16 goals against average with 54 saves and three shutouts on the year. As a team the Tigers have four shutouts, including the last two games entering Friday's contest. AU was picked to finish second in the SEC West by the league coaches in August.

Team Notes

Vanderbilt finished the non-conference portion of its schedule at 6-1-1, its second best start under Ronnie Coveleskie. The Commodores opened 6-1 in 2005 in non-SEC play en route to an 11-1 start ... VU defeated UAB 4-1 on Sunday, tying a season high in goals scored (Tennessee Tech) ... Senior Amy Wilcox scored two goals and now leads the team in points with eight. She has 10 goals in her career and needs one more to tie her single season high of four set last season ... The Dores were able to use 23 players in Sunday's game with sophomore Mary Rachel Reynolds and freshman Kate Goldin seeing their first action of the season. Reynolds, a SEC All-Freshman pick a year ago, and Goldin both have been rehabbing from injury ... Molly Kinsella continues to lead the conference in shots on goal (21) and shots on goal per game (2.62) ... Megan Forester is fourth in the league in shots per game with 24 in six games.

Sunday's Match Is Power in Pink

Vanderbilt's soccer match against Auburn on Sunday has been selected as a Power In Pink contest to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Under Armour, uniform providers for both Auburn and Vanderbilt, has made special pink uniforms that both teams will wear at the 2 p.m. game on Sunday. The game will be televised regionally on Fox Sports Net as part of the Southeastern Conference's Game of the Week package.

The Power in Pink initiative started this year with 10 collegiate teams participating this fall. The games were selected based on when two schools that wear Under Armour uniforms play each other.

The day of the game, representatives for the Susan G. Komen For the Cure and the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center will be stationed at the Soccer Complex to hand out materials and answer questions. There will also be donation points for those interested in raising funds to help find a cure for breast cancer.

It is the second Vanderbilt soccer contest this year that benefitted cancer research. The Commodores first match of the season against Belmont was tabbed Soccer for the Cure with over $6,500 raised for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Commodores Young and Talented

Of the 23 players on the Vanderbilt roster, 19 are either freshman or sophomores. Two straight nationally ranked classes have brought an influx of talent that has seen action from the start. Last season, Soccer Buzz ranked the recruiting class the best in the SEC and nine players from that class have seen significant action. The list doesn't even include one player, Mary Rachel Reynolds, a 2007 All-SEC freshman team member who returned to action on Sunday after being sidelined for the first seven games of the season. This year's recruiting class was ranked as the fifth best in the Central Region and five freshmen have seen action in seven games or more this year. Freshman Candace West is second on the team with three goals and an assist fellow newcomer Emily Grant is tied for the team lead with three assists. With just three seniors and one junior and a 6-1-1 start to the year, the future seems to be set up nicely as the team begins SEC play this week.

SEC Openers

Vanderbilt is 7-6-2 in Southeastern Conference openers. The Commodores last win in a conference opener came in the 2005 season against Arkansas. VU tied LSU (0-0) and Alabama (1-1) to open the 2006 and 2007 seasons.



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