Soccer bounces back from first loss over weekendBy Matthew Speakman | 09/06/2016 3:20am
Alabama soccer improved to 5-1 on Sunday after defeating Florida Gulf Coast 1-0, recording its fourth shutout of the 2016 campaign. FGCU falls to 2-3 for the season, while Alabama continues its best start since 2012.
Ten minutes into the second half, Alabama managed to break the tie when senior Auburn Mercer found the net after firing a shot from six yards away to give the Crimson Tide the 1-0 advantage. FGCU had multiple chances to respond after Alabama scored, but Stratton kept the ball out, recording four saves in the second half.
For the game, Alabama outshot the Eagles 18-15, with 12 of the Crimson Tide's shots being on target as opposed to five for FGCU.
Prior to that game, Alabama soccer lost its first game of the season, falling to no. 20 South Florida 1-0 on Friday.
"I have to tip my hat to USF, as they frustrated us and disrupted our rhythm," said coach Wes Hart in a press release. "We did not play as sharp as we usually do today, but we managed to still create a couple very good chances. This one stings, but we can't dwell on it. Hopefully we learned some lessons, and now we must focus our attention on Florida Gulf Coast."
Coming out of the second half, the teams remained deadlocked for more than half of the period. The Bulls’ Andrea Hauksdottir broke the tie when she slotted home a shot from the top of the box to give USF a 1-0 lead. Alabama tried to climb back with a goal of its own, but would fall short, allowing USF to come away with the win. Alabama ended with five shots in the second half, with one of those being on target.
Alabama will continue its long run of road games when the team travels to Knoxville to take on Tennessee.