Soccer Hands Coach Bramble First Alabama Victory

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Rosaly Petriello and Callie Pike celebrate after a Crimson Tide goal.
Rosaly Petriello and Callie Pike celebrate after a Crimson Tide goal.

Aug. 31, 2008

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama women's soccer team opened its 2008 home slate with 3-0 victory over Jacksonville State Sunday night at the UA Soccer Complex. The win hands head coach Todd Bramble his first career victory at the helm of the Crimson Tide. With the victory Alabama moves to 1-0-1 on the season while Jacksonville State drops to 0-2-1 on the year.

"We are always happy to get a win especially in the early part of the season," Bramble said. "There are a lot of things that we are pleased about especially on the attacking side of the ball. Also there are a couple of things we need to continue to work on."

The Crimson Tide used two first half goals and then tacked on another in the second frame. Sophomore forward Victoria Frederick once again paced the Crimson Tide with a goal and two assists.

Frederick opened the scoring in the fourth minute when she took a pass from sophomore Rosaly Petriello off a set play. Frederick gathered the pass on her right foot and then quickly slipped it far post past JSU goalkeeper Kate Kelly.

"We have been working really hard on finishing and working together on top and I think that has made it easier for me," Frederick said. "It was nice to see the fans come out and support us and I am glad that we have been able to start off strong."

Towards the end of the first frame the Crimson Tide struck again. Senior Callie Pike tallied her first goal on the season when she headed home a pass from Frederick that was set up by Brooke Rogers.

Alabama capped off its evening when Kaliey Corken netted her first of the season. Corken was set up from five yards out on passes from Veronika Wolfkeil and Frederick.

The Crimson Tide outshot the Gamecocks 32-8, including 19 in the first half. Senior Jessica Deegan paced Alabama with seven shots. Chelsea Pelletier led Jacksonville State with four shots as her team tallied eight on the evening.

Junior goalkeeper Kara Gudmens split time with Karen Lansden to earn the shutout. Gudmens tallied six saves on the night. Kelly allowed three goals and made six saves in the losing effort for the Gamecocks.

Next week Alabama will log the frequent flyer miles as the Crimson Tide heads to the Los Angeles area to play two matches. UA will open the trip on Friday, Sept. 5 against Cal State Fullerton at 9:30 p.m. CST and then play the reigning national champion in USC on Sunday, Sept. 7 at 3:00 p.m. CST.