Tide Soccer Drops First Game of Season to William & Mary


Sunday, September 08, 2002

Katie Holtzapfel
Katie Holtzapfel

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WILLIAMSBURG, VA-The University of Alabama women's soccer team dropped its first game of the season as the team lost a 4-1 decision to the William & Mary Tribe (3-0).

The Tribe got on the board immediately when Lindsey Vanderspiegel nailed a shot off the post, got her own rebound and followed up with her third goal of the season and a 1-0 lead at the 3:15 mark.

The Tide (3-1) threatened to tie the game at the 17:00 mark when the team drew a penalty just a foot outside the box, but the shot off the restart by Katie Holtzapfel was deflected.  Bama had another opportunity nearly two minutes later when Dawn Nash found herself on a breakaway against the goalie but was unable to get off a clean shot.

Alabama finally got on the board at the 19:47 mark when Kim Zarzour recorded her fourth goal of the season.  Cally Morrill's shot was deflected by Tribe goalie Nikki Villott but Zarzour was there for the put-back.  The goal was the first allowed by William & Mary on the season.

With just over with 18:14 left in the first half, Libby Probst beat a couple Tribe defenders but a charging Villott forced Probst to push the ball high over the crossbar denying the Crimson Tide the lead.

William Mary capitalized on an Alabama foul just outside the box when Franny Swajkoski took a free kick and squeaked it just inside the left post for a 2-1 Tribe lead 3:44 into the second half.

The Tribe added to their lead at the 63:19 mark when Taline Tahmassian turned to her left and put a shot in the upper right corner of the goal for a 3-1 William & Mary lead.

The Tide had opportunity to make it a one-goal game with just under 16 minutes left in the match, but Elizabeth Jannik's shot drilled off the left post and was cleared by the Tribe defense.

William & Mary added another goal with just over a minute to play for the final 4-1 margin.

"Today was a good, entertaining game," said Alabama Head Coach Don Staley.  "At 1-1 after their second goal, we were still in it.  After the third goal is was over.  It was the fourth goal that I was most disappointed in.  We play every match 90 minutes hard, but that fourth goal was very disappointing."

The Tide will return to action on Friday when the team travels to Mobile, Alabama to take on the South Alabama Jaguars as Alabama head coach Don Staley looks for his 275th career victory.