April 4, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Alabama soccer team continued its spring season in impressive fashion as it played Memphis to a 1-1 draw, Wednesday night at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. The Crimson Tide used a second half goal to earn the draw against a Tigers squad that was the No. 4 national seed in the 2011 NCAA tournament.
In front of the home faithful, Memphis was able to take an early lead in the 24th minute off a half-volley served across the box from the right corner.
Memphis continued to hold the momentum into the second half until Alabama freshman keeper Emily Rusk thwarted a point-blank shot from eight yards out in the 50th minute.
Just 10 minutes later the Crimson Tide would bury the equalizer on a 25-yard shot from Kaitlyn Smith. Ariel Armijo created the opportunity when she won a 50-50 ball that Smith handled and brought down before finding the upper-corner for the tally.
Memphis nearly stole the match in the waning moments when it had thought it had the game-winner but Meghan Duffy cleared the shot off a breakaway off the line to preserve the draw.
Alabama will return to Tuscaloosa to host Mississippi State in its next spring fixture. The two SEC foes will meet on Friday, April 13, at the Alabama Soccer Stadium with kickoff slated for 7 p.m.