Soccer Rallies Back to Tie Vanderbilt

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Junior Molly Atherton score twice for the Tide in the comeback in Nashville.
Junior Molly Atherton score twice for the Tide in the comeback in Nashville.

Sept. 28, 2012

Box Score

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama soccer team came from two goals down late in the second half to earn a pivotal point as it tied Vanderbilt, 3-3, after two overtimes in a Southeastern Conference matchup Friday night.

With the draw, Alabama moves to 6-3-2 on the year and 1-2-2 in SEC play. Vanderbilt goes to 4-4-4 overall and 1-1-3 in the SEC.

Alabama fell behind early, as Vanderbilt scored the game's first goal in the ninth minute of play, but were able to strike back just 12 minutes later, as junior Molly Atherton collected a cross from sophomore Pia Rijsdijk and blasted a laser to the back of the net.

The Commodores were able to extend their lead with a goal just before halftime, and added to their lead with a goal in the 56th minute.

The Tide began its comeback in the 68th minute, as Kendall Khanna crossed a low ball that sophomore Theresa Diederich was able to put past the goalie, cutting the score to 3-2. Just nine minutes later, Atherton scored her second goal of the evening and sixth of the season, putting a long range shot over the keeper to tie the game at 3-3.

The two teams would remain scoreless through the end of regulation and through both overtimes, though both had chances. Vanderbilt hit the cross bar twice in the first overtime, while the Crimson Tide's Katie Bourgeois had her breakaway attempt turned away by Alexa Levick in the second overtime.

Alabama outshot Vanderbilt, 21-11, including 14-5 in shots on goal. Junior Shelby Church had two saves for the Crimson Tide, while Levick made 11 saves on the night to keep the Commodores in the game. Atherton finished with four shots on goal, while Rijsdijk put three on frame.

Alabama will travel to Lexington on Sunday, as the Tide face off against the No. 18 Kentucky Wildcats. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. CT.