Soccer Blanks No. 11 Florida, 1-0
Oct. 19, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama soccer team made a first half lead stand up as the Crimson Tide knocked off the 11th ranked Florida Gators, 1-0, Friday night at the Alabama Soccer Stadium. It was the first time in program history that Alabama had defeated Florida and it was also the highest ranked opponent that the Tide has ever defeated.
With the win, Alabama improves to 8-7-2 overall and 3-6-2 in the Southeastern Conference, while Florida falls to 12-4-1 overall and 9-2-0 in the SEC. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Tide and also snapped a nine-game winning streak for the Gators.
The Crimson Tide scored the game's only goal late in the first half thanks to a pair of its underclassmen forwards. Sophomore Pia Rijsdijk forced a Gator turnover and was able to find freshman forward Katie Bourgeois streaking into the box. Bourgeois collected the through ball and slid the ball to the back post, putting Alabama up 1-0 in the 39th minute. The goal was the eighth of the season for Bourgeois, while Rijsdijk collected her sixth assist.
Alabama made the goal stand up with some superb defending and goalkeeping. After outshooting the Gators, 9-5, in the first half, the Crimson Tide goal was under siege in the second half, as Florida outshot the Tide, 8-2, in the second frame, forcing junior goalkeeper Shelby Church to make several key stops late in the match to preserve her third shutout of the season.
Church recorded five saves to secure her third shutout of the season. Rijsdijk and Florida's Adriana Leon led all players with five shots.
UA returns to the Alabama Soccer Stadium on Sunday afternoon with a match against South Carolina. First kick is set for 1 p.m.