[SEC] Auburn becomes the lowest seed (seventh) to ever win the SEC title and the first program from the West Division to win the tournament championship with a
3-2 win over Florida on Sunday afternoon at the Orange Beach Athletic Complex.
“It’s amazing and I couldn’t be any more happy for the girls,” head coach Karen Hoppa said. “The effort they showed all week was just phenomenal. What an awesome feeling; I’m really proud to bring this trophy home to Auburn.”
Auburn (14-6-2) took the early lead when senior All-SEC performer
Senior Katy Frierson had two goals and set up Ana Cate for the winner to lead the Tigers. Frierson's five points gave her sole possession of Auburn’s all-time points record with 102.
“Katy is one of the best players in the country and she took a leap of faith in coming to Auburn,” Hoppa said of Frierson. “She could have played for anyone in the country and so I’m just so pleased for her, that on the biggest stage of her senior year, she proves to be the best player in the conference. It’s just very exciting and I’m really proud of her. The performance that she put forth today was incredible.”
Florida, the defending tournament champion and winner of a SEC record nine tournament titles, came back from two goals down with goals by Holly King and Jillian Graff.
Gators coach Becky Burleigh said the difference was the first half when Frierson scored twice.
“I’m disappointed because I thought in the first two games of the tournament, we brought a great physical presence defensively and in this game, we were not able to match that,” Burleigh said. “Ultimately, we lost this game in the first half by not bringing the physical presence we showed in the first two games.”
2011 SEC All-Tournament Team
Tori Bailey, Tennessee
Chelsea Hatcher, Tennessee
Molly Atherton, Alabama
Justine Bernier, Alabama
Jo Dragotta, Florida
Holly King, Florida
Kat Williamson, Florida
Ana Cate, Auburn
Amy Howard, Auburn
Julie King, Auburn
Katy Frierson, Auburn, MVP