Despite an inability to convert any of their shots into goals, Alabama soccer edged Tennessee Tech 1-0 on Sunday night thanks to an own goal scored by the visiting Golden Eagles. In the fifth minute of the contest, senior midfielder Celia Jimenez Delgado struck a low cross that was deflected into Tennessee Tech’s own goal by two of their defensive players. Besides this early score, the game was a defensive battle filled with physical plays from both teams.
From the soccer pitch to the training room and everywhere in between, Jimenez Delgado’s headfirst approach to facing her most challenging obstacles is evident in each facet of her life.
After scoring the game-winning goal in Alabama’s historic win over sixth ranked Florida State on Sunday, forward Taylor Morgan was selected as the SEC freshman of the week yesterday.Morgan’s goal, coming off of a savvy pass from fellow freshman Casey Wertz, led Alabama to its first win against a top-ten team in program history.
As the last few seconds of the game slowly ticked off the clock, every member of the Alabama team and coaching staff were on their feet, swelling with excitement over the prospect of a program-defining victory over No. 6 Florida State. Once the final buzzer sounded, the players rushed the pitch to embrace their teammates and celebrate the program’s first ever victory over a top 10 opponent.
In the middle of a three-game losing streak, Alabama knew it needed to win to get its confidence back.