March 10, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama soccer team improved to 2-0 on the spring after downing Memphis, 3-1, Saturday at the Alabama Soccer Stadium.
The Tide opened the scoring in the 26th minute as early enrollee Jordan Meier served a ball over the Memphis back line to sophomore captain Theresa Diederich. With a great individual effort, Diederich played the ball over the head of the Memphis defender before finishing a half volley into the upper left corner to make the score 1-0.
Alabama struck again in the 40th minute after a Memphis defender was called for a handball in the box while attempting to clear a corner kick from freshman Merel Van Dongen. The Amsterdam native stepped up to take the penalty giving the Tide a 2-0 lead going into halftime.
Memphis found their rhythm coming out of the locker room to begin the second half and put Alabama under pressure. In the 77th minute the Tigers made the score 2-1 beating junior goalkeeper Shelby Church on a low shot to the left corner.
The Tide finally put the game out of reach in the 84th minute when van Dongen found junior Molly Atherton on a corner kick. Atherton headed the ball past the Memphis goalkeeper for the insurance goal. Freshman goalkeeper Emily Rusk played 45 shutout minutes in the first half before handing the reins over to Shelby Church in the second half.
The Tide will be back in action Saturday, March 16, against Jacksonville State at 7 p.m. The match will kick off a busy weekend at the complex as head coach Todd Bramble will host his spring Crimson Tide ID Camp on Sunday. Registration is nearly full for the ID Camp. Contact the soccer office for availability. Admission is free for the Jacksonville State match.