ALABAMA SOCCER WINS FIRST SEC GAME OF THE SEASON

The Alabama soccer team defeated Tennessee, 2-1, in double overtime at the Regal Soccer Stadium Sunday afternoon.

The Crimson Tide showed a strong offensive performance early in the game outshooting the Vols 7-5 with four on frame. Sophomore Riley Mattingly had two opportunities to put the ball in the goal, but goalkeeper Lindsay Romig saved both. It was scoreless at halftime.

Freshman Serena Pham in the 70th minute scored on a successful penalty shot, also earning her first career goal. Tennessee quickly responded a few minutes later and tied the game with Alicia Donley finding the back of the net.

Senior Nealy Martin, in the 104th minute, scored the game-winner with a header inside the box. Freshman Carlee Giammona earned the assist with a header across the box to Martin.

“I am so incredibly proud of the team today,” head coach Wes Hart said in a press release. “It was a fun game to be a part of. Our quality of depth was key for us. We were able to bring fresh bodies off the bench and eventually wore a very good Tennessee team down. It was a great response after a tough loss to South Carolina and a perfect way to head the week as we look ahead to Mississippi State.”

Alabama outshot Tennessee, 29-11, with 12 shots on target led by Mattingly with six followed by junior Casey Wertz having five. The Crimson Tide earned six corner kicks, currently ranked No. 1 in the SEC for corner kicks earned (96).

Freshman goalkeeper AJ Crooks picked up her second career win, recording three saves on the match. This is also her first career start and win against an SEC opponent.

Alabama will host Mississippi State Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. CT at the Alabama Soccer Stadium.

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