Sept. 6, 2009
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - After the goal had eluded the Crimson Tide for the first two games of the season the Alabama soccer team broke through in a big way. The Crimson Tide erupted for five goals to down South Alabama 5-1 Sunday afternoon at the Alabama Soccer Stadium. After the day the Crimson Tide improves to 2-2 on the season.
UA junior Victoria Frederick peppered the score sheet with a career-high three goals to lead the Crimson Tide offensive charge. The five goals by Alabama are the most since a 5-0 shutout against Chattanooga on Sept. 19, 2008.
"It was a good result but there is room for improvement in our performance," Alabama head coach Todd Bramble said. "We were sharp on both sides of the ball but there was a lull and they come out of the half and made it a 2-1 game. We are disappointed we gave up that goal but it gives us things to work on."
Alabama immediately seized control of the match four minutes in when junior Rosaly Petriello netted her first goal of the season. Petriello gathered a loose ball 25 yards out and blasted a low drive that knuckled past South Alabama goalkeeper Cassie Lythjohan to put the Tide up 1-0.
The Crimson Tide expanded its lead to 2-0 before the intermission when Frederick tallied her first goal of the campaign at the 34 minute mark. Frederick stole the ball deep in the Jaguars defensive third and then dribbled across the 18-yard box and shot across her body far post for the tally.
The Jaguars came out of the break with a solid counterattack and took advantage. Brandi Smith collected a pass from Kasey Crowe at midfield and then broke away to tally the one-on-one goal to pull USA to within one at the 49 minute mark.
Alabama added another to once again take a two goal lead. With continuous pressure in the USA defensive third Petriello slipped a pass across the box from the end line that found Kelsey King for the easy knock in at the 61st minute.
The Crimson Tide sealed the match when Frederick once again found the back of the net. After a clearance that found the junior forward 20 yards out she immediately brought the ball down and fired off the crossbar and in at the 66th minute to expand the Tide's lead to 4-1.
Frederick secured the hat-trick when she struck again in the 83rd minute. Freshman Lindsey Sillers fired a shot that caromed off the hands of Lythjohan that was immediately struck by the right foot of Frederick high in the upper left corner to move the Alabama lead to 5-1.
"We came out really strong and stuck to the game plan," Frederick said. "We were relaxed and it felt really good to put some goals in the back of the net."
The Crimson Tide out-shot the Jaguars 23-10, including a 14-3 effort in the second half. Frederick led all players with five shots, putting four on goal. Three different USA players led the team with three shots a piece.
Alabama will once again have a long week of training as it will only play a Sunday match for the second consecutive week. The Crimson Tide will host the Memphis Tigers on Sept. 13 with kickoff slated for 1 p.m. at the Alabama Soccer Stadium.