Soccer Heads to Knoxville to Face Tennessee

Alabama will play its final two regular season matches on the road.

Alabama will play its final two regular season matches on the road.

Oct. 23, 2010

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama soccer team (8-6-2, 3-4-2 SEC) will head to Knoxville, Tenn., to face Tennessee (8-8-1, 5-3-1 SEC) on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 1 p.m. CSS will air the game with Justin Cazana and Cameron Broome calling the action from the Regal Soccer Stadium.

The Alabama soccer team dropped its fourth match in a row – a season high losing skid, as it fell to No. 20 ranked Georgia, 3-0 on Thursday night. The Crimson Tide was victims of a goal just four minutes into the contest and then succumbed to a tally just before halftime. The Bulldogs added another five minutes into the second half to earn the victory. Justine Bernier tallied five saves while Molly Atherton paced the Tide with three shots.

Alabama senior Victoria Frederick continues to play at a high level during conference play. The senior netted her third goal of the season and enters Sunday’s contest with 12 points, adding a team-best six assists. During the league slate, Frederick leads the team with nine points on two goals and five assists. The Huntsville, Ala., native has scored at least a point every weekend for a month straight and since Sept. 12, has tallied three goals and five assists.

The Lady Vols enter Sunday’s match, coming off a thrilling 1-0 overtime victory over Auburn on Thursday night. As a team, UT has outscored its opponents 31-29 and outshot the opposition 327-223. The Lady Vols sport a team goals against average of 1.66. Individually, Chelsea Hatcher leads UT with 17 points on seven goals and three assists. Emily Dowd follows with 13 points on six goals and one assist while Kylie Bono also has tallied double digits in points as she enters the contest with 11 points on four goals and three assists. In goal, Molly Baird has played the majority of the minutes, sporting a 1.68 goals against average and a .707 save percentage. Baird has posted four shutouts and tallied 70 saves. Lady Vols head coach Angela Kelly is in the midst of her 11th season in Knoxville. She led Tennessee to an 8-9-3 record in 2009 and a quarterfinal appearance at the SEC Tournament.

The two teams will be meeting for the 12th time as Tennessee holds an 8-2-1 all-time advantage. The Lady Vols sport a 4-0-1 all-time advantage in games played in Knoxville. Alabama earned its first point in Knoxville the last time the two teams met in the Volunteer state. The two teams played in Tuscaloosa last season, with UT earning a 2-0 victory.

The Alabama soccer team sits one point behind LSU and is tied with Auburn with 11 points for second place in the Southeastern Conference Western Division standings. LSU leads the table with a 3-3-3 record while rivals Alabama and Auburn follow with an equal 3-4-2 conference mark. Alabama played LSU to a scoreless tie on the road while the Tide and Auburn Tigers will meet in the regular season finale, on Oct. 29.

Alabama is currently tied with Auburn’s 11 points in the conference standings. The Tide sits in eighth though due to goal differential and is one spot ahead of Mississippi and its nine points in the ninth spot. Just five points separates the eighth place team and the fourth place team, as Tennessee resides in that fourth spot with 16 points. Arkansas and Kentucky are on the outside looking in, with eight points each, sitting in the 10th and 11th spot, respectively. South Carolina enters the weekend as the top seed with 22 points.

Alabama senior Victoria Frederick enters the weekend with her eye on a couple records. She enters Sunday’s contest with 15 career assists, which ranks third in the Alabama annals. She trails the nine by Jennifer Carle and the 10 by Ashley Kirkland. She also enters the match with six assists this season, which ranks tied for second in the single season annals, one behind the record of seven held by five different players.

Several Alabama players rank individually in the conference in numerous statistical categories. In all games played Brooke Rogers ranks fourth in goals (7) and fifth in goals per game (0.44). Victoria Frederick ranks sixth in assists (6) and assists per game (0.38). Goalkeeper Justine Bernier checks in at third in save percentage with a .841 mark while ranking sixth in goals against average (1.04) and third in shutouts per game (0.42). During conference games only, Rogers ranks ninth in goals (3) while Frederick leads the league in assists (5), assists per game (0.56) and ranks eighth in points per game with 1.00. Bernier is fourth in shutouts with three and ranks fifth in save percentage (.821) and shutouts per game (0.33).

Alabama will close out its regular season against rival Auburn. The two teams will meet on Friday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Auburn Soccer Complex. If the Crimson Tide were to make the SEC Tournament, it would start play on Wednesday, Nov. 3.