April 13, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama soccer team went on the offensive Friday night as it downed Mississippi State, 3-0 at the Alabama Soccer Stadium. On the other end the Crimson Tide shutdown the Bulldogs as UA keeper Emily Rusk unofficially earned her first career clean sheet.
Alabama peppered MSU with 31 shots, including 19 in the second half while the Tide defense allowed 12 tallies and Rusk earned the shutout on the strength of five saves.
Theresa Diederich continued her scoring ways as she tallied two goals on the night. Diederich opened the scoring with a penalty kick in the 15th minute and then buried an Ashley Willis pass in the 43rd minute.
Kendall Khanna capped the scoring on the night as gathered a pass all the way from Rusk to find the back of the net in the 88th minute.
Molly Atherton led all players with six shots, putting one on goal. Pia Rijsdijk and Khanna followed with five shots apiece.
Alabama will now host Lee University on Sunday, April 22 with kickoff scheduled for 2 p.m., to cap off the spring season. The match is a late addition to the spring slate as the Tide and LSU Tigers will no longer meet in Orange Beach as originally scheduled.