Auburn at Home for NCAA Soccer Tournament

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn received a bid to the 2008 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament on Monday evening and will be the host for a four-team regional.

Coach Karen Hoppa's team will play Atlantic Sun champion Belmont at 5 p.m. on Friday at the Auburn Soccer Complex. The other game, re-scheduled to start at 2 p.m., will feature FSU of the ACC and Mississippi Valley State, the SWAC champ.

The winners in the single elimination event will meet at 2 p.m. on Sunday in Auburn.

"We were excited to see our name come up on the board and we are just thrilled to have the opportunity to play at home this weekend," Hoppa said. "It's a great opportunity for our girls, especially our seniors, to play at home again and it's an even better opportunity for Auburn University to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament."

The Tigers, 11-8-2 this season, are making their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance. Belmont will bring a 13-6-3 record into its game vs. Auburn. The Bruins are making their first NCAA appearance and have never played Auburn in soccer.

FSU, which defeated Auburn 3-0 this season, is 14-2-3 and Mississippi Valley State has a 9-10 record.

"Belmont is going to be a very difficult team to play," Hoppa said. "They lost to Vanderbilt, 1-0, in double-overtime and they defend extremely well and are very well coached. (Belmont coach) Lisa Howe does a fantastic job. This is a tough draw, but we are certainly excited that it is at home."

The last time the Tigers were an NCAA host for the soccer tournament was in 2004 when they defeated Clemson 2-0 and lost 1-0 to Washington.

Tickets to the matches are $3 for students and children and $10 for adults.

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