Soccer Suffers First Home Loss

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Freshman Shannon Lathrop scored her first career goal Sunday.
Freshman Shannon Lathrop scored her first career goal Sunday.

Oct. 5, 2008

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama soccer team suffered its first home loss of the season as Mississippi earned a 2-1 victory over the Crimson Tide Sunday afternoon at the Alabama Soccer Complex. After the day the Crimson Tide move to 7-4-1 overall and 2-2-0 in SEC play while the Rebels improve to 5-5-2 on the year and 3-1-0 in league action.

"Obviously getting scored on in the first 25 seconds can be unnerving," head coach Todd Bramble said. "This is the first game where I thought we responded well to adversity. If there is nothing else to take out of the game we will certainly take that."

Mississippi came out of the gates early and recorded the first goal on Alabama on its home turf all season by getting on the board just 25 seconds into the game. Amy Bayles handled a cross and found net from 18 yards far post that was set up by Hannah Weatherly from the right side of the field.

The Rebels then struck again in the 36th minute when Danielle Johnson scored off set play. Mallory Coleman took the kick from 30 yards out and found Johnson far post. The cross deflected off of Johnson for the second score of the contest.

The Crimson Tide rallied and found the net just two minutes into the second half when freshman Shannon Lathrop scored her first career goal off a cross from Kelsey King. Alabama came out strong right after the intermission. King raced down the right side and made a nice cross that cleared the fingertips of Mississippi goalkeeper Megan Vickery and found a wide open Lathrop far post.

"We changed our attitude and mentality in the second half," Coach Bramble said. "We talked about coming out and getting a goal within the first 10 minutes of the half and we did that. Once you do that to a team you are generally going to have the momentum swing in your direction."

After getting out-shot 13-7 in the first half the Crimson Tide showed resolved by tallying nine shots to the four by the Rebels. Overall the Rebels out-shot the Tide 17-16. Bayles led all players with four shots while Alabama sophomore Rosaly Petriello paced the Tide with three shots.

Both goalkeepers made four saves on the afternoon. Kara Gudmens was tagged for her first home loss on the season as the junior had not allowed a goal in 452 minutes at the UA Soccer Complex. The loss ends the school record streak of six consecutive home shutout victories.

Alabama will hit the road next weekend for two SEC matchups. The Crimson Tide will face off against the Arkansas Razorbacks on Friday, Oct. 10 at 7:00 p.m. at Lady Back Field. UA will then play LSU on Sunday, Oct. 12 at 1:00 p.m. at the LSU Soccer Complex.