Soccer Returns Home to Face Arkansas on Fox Sports South



Oct. 13, 2011

Game #15 |  Alabama (6-6-2, 1-4-1 SEC ) vs. Arkansas (4-9-0, 2-4-0 SEC)
 Date Friday, Oct. 14 | 7 p.m. CT
 Location Tuscaloosa, Ala. | Alabama Soccer Stadium (1,500)
 Tickets Free Admission
 Television FSN | Pete Pranica & Katie Witham
 Radio WVUA-90.7 FM | Listen Live
 Live Stats GameTracker

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 All-Time Series Alabama Leads 11-5-2 | 6-2-1 in Tuscaloosa

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama soccer team returns to the friendly confines of the Alabama Soccer Stadium this weekend for two matches against Southeastern Conference divisional foes. The Crimson Tide (6-6-2 overall, 1-4-1 SEC) face off against the Arkansas Razorbacks (4-9-0, 2-4-0 SEC) on Friday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on Fox Sports South. On Sunday, the Tide faces off against the No. 25 ranked Tigers of LSU (10-4-1, 5-1-0 SEC) in a match starting at 1 p.m. CT. The Sunday matinee will mark the third annual “Power of Pink” game.

Alabama moved east to face off against South Carolina and Florida. On Friday night in Columbia, the Crimson Tide gave up three first half goals en route to a 4-1 loss to the Gamecocks. Redshirt freshman Theresa Diederich scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season on a second half penalty kick. On Sunday, junior Kaitlyn Smith scored her first goal of the season to give the Tide an early 1-0 advantage against the Gators, but the match ended with Florida scoring four unanswered goals to win, 4-1.

Redshirt freshman Theresa Diederich has been the Tide’s most consistent scoring threat the past two weekends. She leads the team with five goals and 10 points on the year, and has taken 21 shots, with 13 on target. Diederich has also made both of her penalty kick attempts. The three goals during conference play is tied for seventh in the SEC.

The Razorbacks enter the weekend with a 4-9 record overall and a 2-4-0 mark in SEC play. Arkansas lost both matches on the road this past weekend. On Friday night, the Razorbacks gave up a penalty kick two minutes into overtime to lose, 2-1, to the Kentucky Wildcats. On Sunday afternoon, they faced off against a Vanderbilt team looking to gain momentum heading into the second part of conference play. The Razorbacks gave up two second half goals two minutes apart to lose, 2-0. Senior forward Kailey Anders leads the Razorback attack in 2011, with four goals and two assists to lead the team with 10 points. She is second on the team in shots with 45, just behind junior forward Allie Chandler, who leads with 59. In goal, Arkansas is led by Emily Lillard, who has started all 13 matches. She has made 74 saves and has posted a 2.49 goals against average. In 2010, Arkansas went 5-11-3 overall, with a 2-7-2 record in SEC play. Erin Aubry is in her third year as head coach of the Razorbacks and has posted a 20-27-7 record in Fayetteville.

Alabama leads the series 11-5-2 and have been very dominant at home against Arkansas. The Razorbacks have only won twice in Tuscaloosa (UA leads 6-2-1), with their last victory coming in 2005. In last season’s match, the Tide scored the first two goals and held off a late Arkansas charge en route to a 2-1 win in Fayetteville. Lindsey Sillers and Victoria Frederick scored the goals in the win last season for the Tide.

The Tigers enter the weekend ranked 25th in the country with a 10-4-1 record overall and lead the SEC with a 5-1-0 record. LSU split their two matches this past weekend. The Tigers traveled to Vanderbilt on Friday and suffered their first conference loss in double overtime, 2-1. On Sunday, they were able to rebound against the Kentucky Wildcats, as the Tigers went to Lexington and won, 2-0. LSU is led by senior forward and Canadian international Taryne Boudreau with eight goals and five assists for a team-high 21 points. Fellow senior Natalie Martineau leads the Tigers with eight assists on the season. In goal, the Tigers are led by senior keeper Mo Isom. She has started 13 matches and allowed only 10 goals good for a 0.72 goals against average and 39 saves. The Tigers finished last season as SEC tournament semifinalists, losing in penalty kicks to South Carolina to finish with an 8-8-5 record overall and a 4-3-3 mark in the SEC. Brian Lee is in his seventh year as head coach of the Tigers and has posted a 76-39-24 record in Baton Rouge.

Alabama leads the series 9-5-2 with LSU only winning twice in Tuscaloosa in eight meetings. Last season, the two teams played to a scoreless draw in Baton Rouge. The draw broke up a four-match winning streak for the Tigers. Justine Bernier played the full 110 minutes in goal for the Tide, recording seven saves in the shutout.

The Alabama soccer team will partake in the third annual “Power of Pink” initiative presented by Tuscaloosa Toyota, as the Sunday match against LSU will mark the designated game for the event this season. Plenty of prizes are available at the match as the first 200 fans will receive “Power of Pink” t-shirts. Also hats, Tervis Tumblers, headbands, umbrellas and an iPad will be given away.

The Alabama soccer team has had goals scored from all over its roster. The Crimson Tide has had 10 different players score in 2011 for a combined total of 20 goals. The 10 different goal scorers are the most since Alabama also had 10 players find the stat sheet in 2008. During that 2008 campaign, the Tide found the back of the net 25 times. The 20 goals this season, with five regular season matches remaining, has already equaled the total from last season and surpassed the total of 14 from 2009.

The Alabama starting defense that features five upperclassmen, including four seniors has been the core of the success in 2011. The Crimson Tide has allowed one goal or less in eight of the 14 matches this season, including four shutouts. Alabama has had two different streaks of allowing one goal or less in four straight matches. The Tide went 6-1-1 over that span.

In the initial RPI rankings for the 2011 season the Crimson Tide ranked 38th overall. Alabama enters this week ranked No. 79. The Tide has already faced five teams in the top-50 (Memphis – 8, Kentucky – 10, Vanderbilt – 50, South Carolina – 37 and Florida - 2), and will play thee more matches against teams that currently reside in the RPI top 30 (Auburn(22), Tennessee (26) and LSU (27).

The duo of juniors Kaitlyn Smith and Ashley Willis have made an immediate and lasting impact on the Crimson Tide. Since first setting foot on campus at the Capstone, the duo has both started every single match that Alabama has been a part of. As true freshmen, the duo started all 18 matches, with Willis leading the team in minutes played (1644). The tandem also started all 18 matches in 2010 and thus far in 2011 has started all 14 matches. Molly Atherton and K.K. Duffy have started every match over the last two seasons for the Tide.

Justine Bernier is third in the SEC in saves, shutouts, and save percentage. She has 65 saves, four shutouts, and has a 5.42 saves/game average.

Alabama goalkeeper Justine Bernier has already etched her name in the record books in numerous categories and is looking for more in her final season at the Capstone. Bernier earned her 25th career victory (Sept. 23, Vanderbilt) in goal, moving her into sole possession of second place in the career annals. Tide great Amy Pseja holds the record with 30 career wins. Bernier has extended her career records in saves (403) and shutouts (18).

The Tide will stay at the Alabama Soccer Stadium for a Thursday night game against Tennessee at 7 p.m. CT. Alabama will travel to Athens, Ga., to face off against the Georgia Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET. The match against the Bulldogs will air on CSS.