Women's Soccer Week That Was: Week 9

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Alabama split its games over the weekend.
Alabama split its games over the weekend.

Oct. 13, 2008

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - For the third weekend in a row, the Alabama soccer team was able to secure a win on Friday, but unable to capitalize on the momentum to do the same on Sunday. Following an impressive 3-1 road win at Arkansas on Friday night, the Crimson Tide was shutout 7-0 at LSU on Sunday afternoon. With the weekend split, Alabama moves to 8-5-1 for the season and 3-3 in Southeastern Conference play.

"From the weekend we take a valuable three points that we can put in the bank in our quest to get to Orange Beach in November," head coach Todd Bramble said. "No matter how bad Sunday was, it doesn't erase the hard earned win from Friday night. Now we get back to work and make sure that LSU doesn't beat us twice as we host two good teams from the East this weekend."

Seeing Arkansas jump out to an early lead on Friday with a goal in the first five minutes, the Tide was able to battle back and score three goals in the second half to put the Razorbacks away. Rosaly Petriello tied the game in the 53rd minute with Alabama's first penalty kick conversion of the season. The goal was Petriello`s first of the year as well.

Kailey Corken then added her team-leading sixth goal of the year from a Brooke Rogers pass in the 61st minute. Rogers handled a Victoria Frederick pass one minute later and scored her second goal of the year to put the Tide on top 3-1.

Sunday afternoon, Alabama had trouble finding the back of the net and was shutout by No. 19 ranked LSU 7-0. The Tigers out-shot the Tide 20-3 and were led by Mallorie Rutledge's three goals and one assist.

Alabama spent two days training in Tuscaloosa and then headed off to Fayetteville, Ark. To practice on the grounds of the Razorbacks on Thursday evening. The Crimson Tide practiced Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning at home. The Tide focused on the offensive side of things with crossing, finishing and the timing of runs in the box.

This weekend, Alabama will host two SEC Eastern Division opponents. The Tide will take on South Carolina at 7 p.m. Friday and Florida at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. The contest against Florida will be televised by Cox Sports.