Tuscaloosa, AL The University of Alabama soccer team lost 5-1 on senior day against Georgia Sunday afternoon at the Alabama Soccer Complex.
“Georgia played a good game today and you have to give credit to them and coach (Patrick) Baker.” Head coach Don Staley said. “We had some defensive miscues today, and good teams will take advantage of that.”
Georgia (10-7, 5-5 SEC) started the scoring just 2:42 into the game when Joni Vickers found the back of the net on a shot from inside the 18 yard box. The Bulldogs added to their lead seven minutes later when Cortni Joyner tipped in a missed shot from Kelly Whitaker.
Alabama (5-13, 1-9 SEC) had their chances early to cut the Georgia lead. In the 24th minute junior Jordan O’Banion had a wide open net after the Georgia keeper attempted a save but O’Banion was called for offsides. Three minutes into the second half Jessica Deegan fired a shot that was saved by the Georgia keeper Lauren Church but the ball rolled away and Suzanne Baker picked up the rebound and fired just inside the left post where a Georgia defender was standing.
Georgia added their third goal of the afternoon when Carrie Patterson shot from 15 yards out rolled just under Alabama keeper Kara Gudmens. Patterson was able to add another goal in the second half. Randi-Lynn Bruso added the fifth goal of the afternoon for the Bulldogs in the 62nd minute.
With five seconds left in the game Alabama was able to prevent the shutout when Jessica Deegan passed to Kara Kelly who fired a shot past the Georgia keeper and into the left side of the net to put Alabama on the board.
Sunday’s game was the final home contest for the three Alabama seniors; Emily Pitek, Gilliam Kilburn, and Suzanne Baker. Pitek has not played since tearing her ACL two weeks ago against Ole Miss.
“I am very proud of what these three seniors have given to Alabama soccer the last four years they have all three worked extremely hard” Staley said. “I really wish Emily Pitek would have been able to play her last game at home today.”
Alabama will play their final game of the season at Auburn Friday night. “The best thing we can do is go out next weekend and play Auburn with some school pride and try and mess up their post season plans”