WILLIAMSBURG, Va - Following its 3-0 victory over Richmond on Wednesday night, the William and Mary women's soccer team heads to Auburn for a noon (CT) showdown against the Tigers on Sunday, Sept. 2. The contest will mark the third meeting between the two schools. Fans can follow the action online at TribeAthletics.com with live stats. Live video of the match will be available courtesy of Auburn Athletics at a price of $9.95.
Scouting the Tribe
The College enters its weekend tilt at Auburn riding a two-game winning streak. In its last two matches, W&M recorded victories over Akron (4-0) and Richmond (3-0). For the season, the Green and Gold owns a record of 2-2. Senior Mallory Schaffer headlines a potent Tribe attack. For the year, the Allison Park Pa., native has registered a team-high three goals. Senior Cortlyn Bristol has tallied five points on two goals and an assist, while classmate Erin Liberatore has produced one goal and an assist. Junior's Danni Rutter and Audrey Barry have each netted a goal and one assist.
Scouting the Tigers
Head coach Karen Hoppa is in her 13th season at Auburn and owns a record of 151-100-23 while on the Plains. Auburn entered the 2012 season ranked 25th in the nation, but back-to-back loses to Pepperdine (1-2) and UC Irvine (0-1) have dropped the Tigers out of the national rankings. Before hosting the Tribe on Sunday, Sept. 2, Auburn will look rebound Friday night at home against Samford. Leading Auburn's attack are senior Mary Coffed, sophomore Tori Ball and freshman Alexa Allen. The trio has tallied four points apiece, coming on two goals each.
News and Notes
- Senior co-captain Carson Scott returns to her native state of Alabama this weekend for the match against the Tigers. A native of Birmingham, Ala., Scott was a standout performer at Mountain Brook High School, earning all-state accolades in 2009 and 2008. Oddly enough, the Mountain Brook Spartans sport the colors of Green and Gold.
- On Wednesday night, the Tribe defeated in-state foe Richmond, 3-0, at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field. Senior's Erin Liberatore and Mallory Schaffer netted scores for the College, while junior Dani Rutter connected on her first score of the season. Freshman Barbara Platenberg tallied her first career point, as she assisted on Rutter's goal in the 85th minute. For the match, the Tribe outshot the Spiders, 25-10. W&M held the edge in shots on goal, 10-2, and corner kicks, 9-1.
- The last time the College competed against two SEC teams in the same season occurred during the 2006 campaign when W&M traveled to Auburn for a two-match tournament. The Tribe opened play by defeating Vanderbilt, 1-0, on former W&M great Claire Zimmeck's first-half goal. In its final match of the trip, the Green and Gold fell against Auburn, 1-2, in a double overtime affair. All-time, Auburn holds a 2-0 series edge over the Tribe.
- Against SEC opponents, the College owns a record of 6-5-2. W&M owns series advantages over Alabama (1-0), Arkansas (1-0-1), South Carolina (1-0), Texas A&M (2-1) and Vanderbilt (1-0).