Soccer Tripped Up in Tough Sunday Matchup

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Junior Shelby Church made four saves on Sunday.
Junior Shelby Church made four saves on Sunday.

Sept. 23, 2012

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - In a tough Sunday match, the Alabama soccer team could not find the back of the net as it fell to Mississippi, 1-0, in a divisional Southeastern Conference matchup at the Alabama Soccer Stadium.

With the loss, Alabama falls to 6-3-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the SEC. Mississippi improves to 9-2-0 overall and 2-2-0 in league action.

Alabama earned a penalty kick in the 55th minute, but sophomore Theresa Diederich saw her shot deflected by Mississippi goalkeeper Kelly McCormick. Just three minutes later, the Rebels' Mandy McCalla was able to take advantage of a foul in the box, putting away her penalty shot for the game's only goal.

Alabama was able to put the pressure on Mississippi throughout the final minutes of the match, but McCormick was able to make the lead stand up with several key saves.

The Crimson Tide put up 19 shots in the match, compared to 15 for the Rebels. Katie Bourgeois, Ashley Willis, and Merel Van Dongen put up three shots a piece for the Tide. McCormick made eight saves, while junior Shelby Church had four stops for Alabama.

Alabama hits the road for a four-game swing in conference play that starts next weekend. The Crimson Tide travels to Vanderbilt on Friday, and then moves on to play Kentucky on Sunday afternoon.