Monday, April 15, 2002
The University of Alabama women’s soccer team traveled to Oxford, Mississippi over the weekend for the 2002 Ole Miss Spring Invitational and when all was said and done, the Tide had the school’s first spring tournament championship since Don Staley took over the program in 1994.
All spring, the Tide (12-2-6) had relied on steady defense to post a 7-2-5 record, but during the tournament Alabama had an offensive explosion, scoring 24 goals in six matches to go 5-0-1 in the tournament and take home the championship.
“I am thrilled with the way the team played,” said Alabama Head Coach Don Staley. “This offensive showing was a long time coming. I’m so encouraged about next season based on our offensive production.”
Bama went up against host school Ole Miss in the semifinals and defeated the Rebels 2-1. The Tide put an exclamation point on their goal scoring, netting five goals in the championship game in a 5-0 win over Mississippi State.
The Tide was paced by sophomore Dawn Nash who scored nine goals on the day.
Alabama will close out what Staley calls “the best spring season ever” next Saturday as the team travels to Orange Beach, Alabama to take on Mississippi State. The game is set for 5:00 and admission is free.