Soccer Set to Make Up SEC Opener in Starkville

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Alabama will head to Starkville, Miss. to face Mississippi State Tuesday.
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Alabama will head to Starkville, Miss. to face Mississippi State Tuesday.
ROLLTIDEDOTCOM

Sept. 28, 2009

Match Notes

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama soccer team (4-3) will look to finally get in one of its weekend fixtures in Mississippi. Alabama opens Southeastern Conference play against Mississippi State (8-1) on Tuesday, Sept. 29. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at the MSU Soccer Field. Alabama was set to open against Mississippi on Friday and the Bulldogs on Sunday but inclement weather caused the matches to be postponed.

Who’s to Watch
Victoria Frederick continues to lead the Crimson Tide with the most number of goals (4), points (10), shots (15), and shots on goal (9). Frederick is also a category leader in assists (2), and game winning goals (1). Kaitlyn Smith had her first assist of the season this past weekend in the game against Texas Tech on Friday, Sept.18. Kelsey King scored the game winning goal against Texas Tech in the second overtime period. Brooke Rogers scored the game winning goal against TCU on Sunday, September 20.

Last Time Out
Alabama won both of its games in the Red Raider Classic in Lubbock, Texas this past weekend to claim the tournament championship. On Friday, Sept. 18 the Tide beat the Red Raiders 2-1 in overtime. In the 27th minute the Tide scored the first goal of the game off a cross from Kaitlyn Smith from the left side to Victoria Frederick. Texas Tech scored in the 59th minute when Conner Williams passed from the left side to Dawn Ward who took two dribbles and shot to the ride side. With a scoreless first overtime period, the Tide entered the second overtime period and with three seconds remaining Kelsey King scored the game-winner off a Tech turnover at the top of the box.

The Tide defeated the second team of the weekend on Sunday, Sept. 20 when they beat TCU 1-0. Brooke Rogers took advantage of a TCU turnover in the box and scored in the 49th minute just over the goalkeeper’s hands from the left side. This makes two goals for Rogers this season as well as her first game winning goal of the season.

Scouting Mississippi State
The Bulldogs (8-1) enter Sunday’s game off a 5-1 loss to open SEC play at home against Auburn. MSU closed out non-conference action with a 1-0 win over Florida Gulf Coast. Junior Kat Walsh leads the Mississippi State Bulldogs in points (13), goals (6), shots (45), shots on goal (22), and game winning goals (4). Freshman Jasmine Simmons leads the Bulldogs in assists (4). The Bulldogs, who return 10 starters from 2008 finished 5-15 and 0-11 in SEC play.

Series History
Alabama leads the series 8-4-2 against Mississippi State. The last meeting for the two schools was Oct. 3, 2008 in Tuscaloosa when the Tide beat the Bulldogs 1-0. Jessica Deegan scored the lone goal for the Crimson Tide off an own goal by the Bulldogs in the 42nd minute.

Bernier Named SEC Defensive POW
Alabama sophomore goalkeeper Justine Bernier was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week. The Oakville, Ontario native had a huge weekend in between the pipes for Alabama. Despite being peppered with shots all weekend - Alabama was out-shot 49-14, Bernier made 18 saves in the two matches and allowed just one goal in 199 minutes of action. She made a season-high 10 saves in a double overtime 2-1 thrilling victory against host Texas Tech on Friday. In the championship match on Sunday Bernier posted her first shutout of the campaign by making eight stops against TCU.

Red Raider Classic All-Tournament Team
The Alabama soccer team had four players named to the Red Raider Classic All-Tournament team. Senior Kelsey King, juniors Brooke Rogers and Victoria Frederick and sophomore Justine Bernier nabbed the honors. The four honorees were the most of any participating team. Bernier made 18 saves in the two matches and allowed just one goal in 199 minutes of action. She made a season-high 10 saves in a double overtime 2-1 thrilling victory against host Texas Tech. In the championship match Bernier posted her first shutout of the campaign by making eight stops against TCU.

King returned to her home state and lifted the Tide to a big 2-1 win against host Texas Tech. The senior scored with three seconds remaining in double overtime to hand Alabama the exhilarating victory. Rogers scored the lone goal which proved to be the game-winner against TCU in the championship match. The goal is her second in as many weekends. Frederick got the Crimson Tide out to a fast start by scoring the first goal of the Texas Tech match which gave UA the early 1-0 lead. The junior paces the team with 10 points on four goals and two assists.

Next Time Out
After this weekend in Mississippi, the Crimson Tide will host LSU at home on Friday, Oct. 2. The game is slated to begin at 7 p.m. at the Alabama Soccer Stadium. Alabama will then host Arkansas on Sunday, Oct. 4 and the match will be televised on Fox Sports.