ATHENS, Ga. ?? The University of Alabama soccer team falls on two late goals in front of 1,286 fans at No. 20 Georgia, 3-1.
"This was a tough loss,” Alabama head coach Don Staley said. “Georgia is an outstanding team and Patrick Baker is a very good coach. They did good things against us today and you have to commend them for that.”
Georgia was able to score first in the 18th minute. The Tide had a corner kick and pushed numbers forward, unfortunately Georgia played the ball out into a two-on-one breakaway with two Georgia players taking on Alabama defender Cara Kelly. Georgia’s Carrie Patterson played the ball perfectly to Megan Tomlinson who was able to slide the ball inside the near post for a 1-0 lead.
The Tide had a golden opportunity to tie the game right before the half as Natalie Kohn played a free kick into the box, Freshman Brooke Rogers took a shot from about eight yards out that went straight into the stomach of the Bulldog keeper and to keep the score 1-0 at the half.
Alabama came out in the second half and went back to the 3-3-4 formation that they were able to have success with against Tennessee on Thursday night.
“We knew we might have to gable again with the formation and we were able to play with Georgia and eventually get a goal out of it,” Staley added.
The Tide was able to tie the game at one in the 70th minute as freshman Rosaly Petriello played the ball to the top of the 18 yard box to freshman Victoria Frederick who danced with the ball for a second before firing a shot inside the far post. For Frederick it was her fifth goal of the season and Petriello recorded her third assist of the season.
Just when the Crimson Tide seemed to grab the momentum of the game Georgia was able to snatch it back with a goal in the 87th minutes to take a 2-1 lead. Joni Vickers took a shot from about 20 yards out that she was able to sneak inside the top of the near post.
Just over a minute later Georgia was able to strike again. Reining SEC freshman of the year Carrie Patterson fired a shot that was defected back to her and on the second opportunity she passed to Marah Falle who tapped the ball into the net from inside the six yard box, giving Georgia a 3-1 lead.
The Tide will return home for the final regular season game of the season and for senior night on Friday, November 2 vs. Auburn.