Tigers Advance To SEC Championship Game

The Auburn soccer team defeated Tennessee to advance to the SEC Championship Game.

Orange Beach, Ala.--The Auburn women's soccer team advanced to the finals of the SEC Tournament with a 2-0 victory over Tennessee on Friday night.

Amy Howard, a junior keeper, stopped 21 shots for her fifth shutout of the season and senior Julie King scored a goal and assisted on another as the Tigers moved into Sunday's final that will be played on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. CST vs. the Florida Gators.

The Tigers improved to 13-6-2 with the victory to set up their third appearance in the tournament finals.

Auburn coach Karen Hoppa was pleased with her team's performance against a Tennessee team that defeated Auburn 2-0 in October. "What an effort by our team," Hoppa said.

"Tennessee is a great team," he added. "They are one of the best teams in the country with one of the best offenses in the country. Our team just stepped up. I don't think it's one of the prettiest games we have played, but we did what we had to do to win the game. It was just a tremendous effort against a solid team. You have to love it when we find a way to win."

King, a four-year starter on defense, has provided a spark for the team since moving to offense. "What a huge performance from Julie King, who has made the transition from playing in the back to now playing up top," Hoppa said. "She has made three starts at forward now for us this year and been a critical part of what we were able to do in all three games. What an incredible performance by her. Add to that the fact that she got back and helped on defense a ton. What a fantastic effort."

Auburn took the lead with 12:53 to play in the first half as freshman Tori Ball scored on an assist from King.

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