Alabama Soccer Blasts Past Tennessee
The Alabama Soccer team passed the half way mark in the season today with a win over the Tennessee Volunteers (4-2). With the win Alabama moves to 4-6 on the season, but it is also the second straight win in the SEC on the weekend which gives the Tide a 2-1 conference play record. Alabama defeated Vanderbilt on Friday night for the first SEC win then follows on Sunday with the second. The only loss in conference play comes at the hands of the Florida Gators last weekend.
The Crimson Tide, much like Friday night, got out to a fast start quickly scoring 3 goals in the first half each game. Just 5:34 into the game Senior Molly Atherton beats a Volunteer defender sending the ball into the back corner of the net scoring her first goal of the season giving Alabama the 1-0 early lead.
Both Tennessee and Alabama spent the next 23 minutes scoreless but at the 28:39 mark Junior Laura Lee Smith scored on a penalty kick giving Alabama the 2-0 lead. The score was Smith’s third goal of the season. Junior Pia Rijsdijk added to the lead with another quick score just two minutes later off an assist from Katie Bourgeois. Rijsdijk gets her third goal of the season and the Tides third goal on the day giving Alabama a commanding 3-0 lead.
Tennessee (6-3-2, 1-1-1) came back in the second half showing why they are 6-3 on the season battling back and cutting the Alabama lead to 3-2. The Volunteer freshman Amy Neal scored a pair of goals in the 54th and 63rd minutes of play to bring new life back to the UT women.
However, Alabama senior Kendall Khanna took that new life away scoring her first goal of the season to put the game out of reach in the 69th minute of the game (69:32). Khanna takes a long pass from nearly mid-field to the right side of the goal and with some nice footwork sends the ball past the sliding Vols goalkeeper off the far post and into the net.
The Alabama Soccer team which improves to 4-1 when playing at home this season will travel to Athens, Ga., to square off with the Georgia Bulldogs on Friday night at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT). The Crimson Tide will then return home on Sunday to face the LSU Tigers on Sunday at 1PM CT.
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