Alabama soccer lost to Vanderbilt, 2-1, in the Quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament on Tuesday. It was Alabama’s fourth appearance in the Quarterfinals, with the last time being in 2011.

Vanderbilt scored first in the 12th minute with a goal by Haley Hopkins. Alabama had four shots and earned one corner kick opportunity, however, ended the first half scoreless.

In the second half, the Commodores scored in the 74th minute with another goal by Hopkins. Senior Nealy Martin scored her third goal of the season in the 83rd minute off of a corner kick by freshman Serena Pham, putting the Crimson Tide back in the game. Although Alabama had opportunities and capitalized on some, they could not mount the comeback.

“Congrats to Vanderbilt for their win today,” head coach Wes Hart said in a press release. “They are a good team – they are stingy defensively and do not give you many looks. Combine that with some very athletic attackers and it wouldn’t surprise me if they made a deep run postseason.”

The Crimson Tide outshot the Commodores, 10-8, with three on frame. Martin led the team with three shots and Alabama had three more corner kicks than Vanderbilt (6-3). Freshman goalkeeper AJ Crooks had two saves throughout the game.

This was Alabama’s fourth appearance in the Quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament, including in 1994, 1995 and 2011.

“I’m incredibly proud of our team, not just for the effort and fight today, but for what we’ve done all season long,” Hart said in the same release. “We’ve grown a tremendous amount in the last year and all signs point to a bright future for this program. We will wait and see if the NCAA selection committee thinks we’ve done enough to earn a bid to the tournament. There’s not a doubt in my mind that we are good enough to be there.”

Alabama will find out its fate on Monday, Nov. 11 if the team has received a bid to the NCAA Tournament. The tournament starts on Friday, Nov. 15.


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