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The State Press

Chizik credits fans with momentum in win over WVU

After the Tiger Walk and before the eagle flew, the sky grew dark and grey over Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday before Auburn football took on West Virginia.During the pre-game warm ups, the sky over the student section was dark and threatening, while the sky over the Haley Center remained a much brighter grey.The ominous clouds rolled in and it started to heavily rain over the stadium and the game was delayed because of the severe weather

The State Press

AU plays to draw vs. No. 1 UNC

Auburn University women's soccer team tied in overtime to last year's national champions, University of North Carolina, after a double-overtime loss to Duke University in the Duke Nike Cup Tournament at Durham, N.C.The first game of the tournament began Friday against Duke University when Auburn lost 2-1."We played really well," said head coach Karen Hoppa.

The Auburn Plainsman

Soccer travels to Miss. State

Auburn University women's soccer team travels to Starkville, Miss., for the beginning of its SEC conference play against undefeated Mississippi State Friday.After playing the top teams in the country and playing the No.1 ranked University of North Carolina to a tie in double overtime, head coach Karen Hoopa said the team has already grown a lot since the beginning of the season."We didn't realize how good we can be until today (after the draw against UNC)," Hoppa said.

The Auburn Plainsman

Tigers attack Cardinals

After a 41-30 win over West Virginia last weekend, the Tigers (3-0) will play host to a struggling Ball State (0-3) this Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium.The last time Ball State came to Jordan-Hare Stadium it gave up a touchdown on every possession of the game, losing 63-3 in 2005.Because of this, head coach Gene Chizik and his coaching staff will have a new challenge this week, keeping their team motivated.Ball State, who went 12-0 last year in the regular season, winning the Mid-American Conference Western Division Title, has seen a complete turnaround since the end of last season since coach Brady Hoke left for San Diego State and quarterback Nate Davis left early for the NFL.So far this season, the Cardinals have lost to North Texas and Army, two teams that had a combined 4-20 record last season, as well as New Hampshire, a football championship subdivision school.Auburn and Ball State have met twice previously this decade, with the Tigers winning twice at home, 30-0 in 2001 and 63-3 in 2005.So far, Auburn has never lost to any current members of the Mid-American Conference, with six previous games against MAC schools, with wins against Akron, Buffalo, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan.The Tigers worked on alignments and tackling, two of their main problems on defense after last Saturday's game.The defense's biggest problem last Saturday was missed tackles."We would blitz a guy and come off the edge," Chizik said in Sunday's teleconference.

The Auburn Plainsman

Schierholz earns Equestrian MVP

Junior Hunt Seat rider Anna Schierholz started the 2009-2010 season with a bang.She competed in equitation over fences in both meets against Texas Christian University and Southern Methodist University Friday.In the first meet, against TCU, Schierholz defeated her opponent 90-73, 10 points away from a perfect score, earning MVP honors.The MVP repeated her performance against SMU, downing her Mustang opponent 85-80.Schierholz said being on the equestrian team is about much more than the meets and the MVPs."I love the connection between horse and rider," Schierholz said.

The Auburn Plainsman

Students excited by Trooper Towels, new traditions

Fans that haven't been to a game recently may be surprised at what they now see after a touchdown--towels mixed in with the traditional orange and blue shakers.Rob Silverii, a senior in building sciences, and two friends are distributing "Trooper Towels" to the Auburn faithful. "It's a great way to bring publicity to the University and hopefully help with recruiting," Silverii said.He came up with the idea during the season opener with his friends, Daniel Dreher, a senior in mechanical engineering, and Hunter Harris, a senior in accounting.Silverii said he and his friends watched wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor on the sidelines waving his towel to energize players.They thought bringing towels to the game would be a great way to show their support for the new coaching staff.After the game, they started brainstorming ideas.They drew their inspiration from the Pittsburgh Steelers' "Terrible Towel" that has been a fan favorite for years.After the game, they started a Web site to get the word out about the Trooper Towel, said in the first couple of days they sold 150 towels and, before the week was out, they had an order for 5,000."It's been incredible," Silverii said.

The Auburn Plainsman

Kickin' it with Amy Berbary

Before wearing orange and blue and cheering "War Eagle," women's soccer assistant coach Amy Berbary donned Auburn's familiar Southeastern Conference rival Georgia's red and black.Berbary is in her second year on head coach Karen Hoppa's coaching staff and said she enjoys life on The Plains."It is awesome," Berbary said.

The Auburn Plainsman

Water polo splashes into season

Some call it volleyball in the water. Others call it water basketball. Still others call it football with soccer mixed in.For those that play the game and know the sport, it is simply called water polo.President of the water polo club and senior Patrick Gilday said the sport is somewhat similar to basketball."You have six players on each side and you have a goalie, so there are seven players in the water on each team," Gilday said.

The Auburn Plainsman

Equestrian shuts out TCU, SMU

Auburn equestrian team competed in its season opener Friday against the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs in the morning and the Southern Methodist University Mustangs in the afternoon.Auburn defeated TCU 13-6 and SMU 7-4."The team as a whole showed up to win," said senior Hunt Seat rider Liza Luker.

The Auburn Plainsman

Soccer Sweethearts kick off fall season

The Soccer Sweethearts recently named their 2009-2010 members and have begun preparing for the fall 2009 soccer season.The primary function of the Auburn Soccer Sweethearts is to support Auburn club men's soccer."There is no funding from the school, so we have to fundraise," said Sweetheart Laura Garikes.


Tigers take down Mountaineers, 41-30

After a frustrating rain delay and a competitive game, Auburn pulled out a win against West Virginia Saturday, beating the Mountaineers 41-30."I'm really, really proud of our football team because we had to overcome more adversity than probably we did in either of the previous two weeks," said head coach Gene Chizik.

The Auburn Plainsman

Auburn Stands Strong Against West Virginia 41-30

In a rain-delayed gamed in which both Auburn and West Virginia combined for more than 900 yards of offense, it was the Auburn defense that came up big in Auburn's 41-30 win over the Mountaineers.The start of the game was delayed by an hour and three minutes because of a lightning storm that made it practically impossible to see across the field. Despite warnings to leave stadium due to severe weather, some 15,000 rowdy students decided to stay and cheer while waiting out the delay.

Auburn vs Miss. State

McCalebb Wins Conference Award

Freshman running back Onterio McCalebb has shot out of the gate and into Auburn history books after the conference opener Saturday.McCalebb became the first freshman in Auburn history to rush for more than 100 yards in his first two career games.He rushed for 157 yards on 16 carries against Mississippi State with an additional 81 yards on kick returns.In his debut against Louisiana Tech, he rushed for 148 yards on 22 carries and was named SEC Freshman of the Week.He was the first Auburn freshman to rush for more than 100 yards in a season opener since Bo Jackson in 1982.

The Auburn Plainsman

Volleyball Opens SEC Play With Miss. State

The Auburn volleyball team will travel to Starkville, Miss., to begin Southeastern Conference play against the Mississippi State Bulldogs tomorrow at 7 p.m.The Tigers overall record is currently 8-3.Auburn most recently participated in the Bash in the Boro Tournament at Georgia Southern.The Tigers competed against Coastal Carolina, Wake Forest and the hosting team, Georgia Southern."It was good to play a match to five at a high level against Georgia Southern," said Head Coach Wade Benson.


Olympian, AU Alum Kirsty Coventry Returns to The Plains

With full stomachs and open ears, about 300 women listened to Kirsty Coventry urge them to give back to their communities at the Women's Philanthropy Board fall luncheon Friday.The event, held at The Hotel at Auburn University, was centered on "maximizing your philanthropic footprint."Coventry was a swimmer at Auburn University and helped win national championships in 2003 and 2004.She has won seven medals in the past two Olympic Games and has started to give back to her home country of Zimbabwe.Coventry took to the podium after the guests ate and listened to an welcome and introduction from June Henton, dean of the College of Human Sciences and WPB Benefactor member.The Olympian had never been to America before coming to Auburn.

The Auburn Plainsman

Horsing Around With Williams

Equestrian Head Coach Greg Williams describes himself as competitor who loves to win.He measures his success in the achievements of the girls he trains.Williams is the first and only head coach of the women's equestrian team.He established the charter team 15 years ago in 1996, and it became recognized as a varsity sport six years later in 2002.Before Williams, Auburn didn't have an equestrian team of any type."I've always been in the horse business, and I love working with students," Williams said, "And there was a group of girls that wanted to start an intercollegiate equestrian team.

The Auburn Plainsman

Auburn Fans Show Support with Gameday Buttons

From Tiger Walk to rolling Toomer's Corner, Auburn fans can always find time for gameday traditions.For more than 20 years, the Auburn University Bookstore has added to these traditions by giving fans a different way to show their spirit.Gameday buttons, free to fans in the Auburn University Bookstore every home game, feature slogans about the day's game and are prized possessions of both students and alumni."Auburn loves tradition and this has been one that is mostly good-spirited and fun," said Katie Lee, bookstore director.