Tide splits weekend
The Alabama Crimson Tide women’s soccer team split the weekend against Southeastern Conference rivals Arkansas and LSU. The Tide (7-7-2, 2-5-1 SEC) shut out the Arkansas Razorbacks (4-10-0, 2-5-0 SEC) 3-1 on Friday.
“I think it was a good team performance,” head coach Todd Bramble said. “We were really good defensively and were really dynamic offensively. We created good goal-scoring chances and executed extremely well.”
Sophomore Molly Atherton recorded two of the three goals in the win against Arkansas.
“I was pretty excited,” Atherton said. “I had this weird gut feeling that I was going to score in the game. Pia gave me a great slip ball with the first goal. I saw the keeper out and I just went for the second goal. It felt good.”
Freshman Pia Rijsdijk also scored for the Tide, totaling three goals for the season so far. Senior goalkeeper Justine Bernier tallied for fifth shutout of the season with the win.
The Tide lost 2-0 at the “Power of Pink” game against No. 18 LSU (11-5-1) on Sunday.
Bramble said he felt there had to be a change in the mentality of the team in the second half.
“I was proud of the fight our team showed, particularly in the second half,” Bramble said. “I’m not disappointed with our performance in the first, but I felt we were a little too conservative. We gave ourselves a chance to tie it up in the second.”
LSU took the lead in the first half when Kaley Blades scored in the 40th minute. LSU’s Taryne Boudreau scored an unassisted goal in the second half.
LSU outshot the Tide 21-5. Rijsdijk led the Tide with four shots in the game.
Bernier recorded four saves in the game, while LSU’s goalkeeper Mo Isom recorded one save.
“I think this is one of the best games we’ve seen Justine play in a while,” Bramble said. “She really did her job and did everything she could to keep us in the game.”
The Tide will play Tennessee on Thursday, Oct. 20 at home, and then the Tide will travel to Athens, Ga., on Sunday, Oct. 23 to compete against the Georgia Bulldogs.