Author: CW Sports Staff

Alabama wins second straight home game

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Marquis Munson) The Alabama Crimson Tide soccer team finished the first weekend of a four game home stand with a 1-0 victory over the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles. Friday night Alabama secured a 3-2 double overtime victory that handed LSU its first loss of the season. The Crimson Tide carried over that offensive momentum and defensive intensity against the Golden Eagles to win its second straight. “I think that LSU game gave us confidence,” Coach Wes Hart said. “We were rewarded for our performance. I was proud of the effort the girls gave. To be able to bounce back and be mentally and physically prepared for this game says a lot about our team.” The Crimson Tide took eight shots in the first half with three on goal attempted by Emma Welch, Lacey Clarida, and Elena Zang. Midfielder’s Chatham DeProspo and Celia Jimenez Delgado, who scored the game winning goal against the Tigers, had three shots between them. The Golden Eagles attempted two shots and one on goal that was saved by Alabama’s goalkeeper Emily Rusk, her 26th save of the season. “They were pretty organized and they were content to sit back a little bit and stay organized,” Hart said. “We weren’t quite in tune, but we made some adjustments at halftime.” The Crimson Tide attempted to get an early goal on the Golden Eagles to...

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Volleyball wins two of three matches in weekend tournament

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Kayla Montgomery) By Kayla Montgomery | Sports Editor The preseason hasn’t been easy for the Alabama volleyball team. Entering into this weekend’s Crimson-White Tournament in Tuscaloosa, the team, which returned all of its starters from last year, was sitting at 2-5. “We’ve been talking a lot about how this is an opportunity to grow through adversity,” setter Sierra Wilson said. “The team has been successful for the past two years, so we don’t have a lot of people who truly know the adversity of building, so we’re suffering for that now. We really have to take it, use it to grow, and come back even harder in SEC play.” On Friday afternoon, the Crimson Tide swept Troy, adding another match to the win column, but Friday night’s match did not pass so quickly. Among bellows of “one at a time,” and cheers by fans, the team battled to keep the lead in the fifth set against Saint Louis. After fighting back to 15 all, a kill and an attack error decided Alabama’s second match in the Crimson-White Tournament. After taking the first two sets, the team dropped three consecutive sets and the match, 3-2. The team logged 34 errors while Saint Louis recorded 17.0 blocks. “Offensively, we’re not even close to the same team that we have been,” coach Ed Allen said. “We’re hitting considerably lower than...

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Alabama holds onto poll position

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (CW Staff) Alabama retained its No. 2 ranking in the latest AP Top 25 Poll, but the rest of the SEC was not so fortunate. Less than a week after the SEC placed a record 10 teams in the AP Top 25 Poll, the conference saw three teams (Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi State) drop out after losses, but the movement didn’t stop there. Auburn’s overtime victory over FCS foe Jacksonville State did not impress voters it would seem as the Tigers dropped from No. 6 to No. 18. Texas A&M and Missouri also dropped one spot landing at No. 17 and No. 22 respectively. No. 7 Georgia, No. 13 LSU and No. 15 Ole Miss all moved up in the latest edition of the poll. Ohio State is no longer a unanimous No. 1 selection as No. 4 Michigan State picked up two first place votes after defeating Oregon on Saturday. No. 3 TCU and No. 5 Baylor round out the top five. …read more Source:: The Crimson White Sports...

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Alabama runs over Middle Tennessee State in home opener

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Terrin Waack) Back in Bryant-Denny Stadium for the first time in 2015, the Alabama football team ran over Middle Tennessee 37-10. It wasn’t close to a perfect game though. There were errors. There were things that Alabama needs to clean up for future game. “These teams that you play are all good enough to expose you if you don’t have the right focus and intensity on what you need to do to go out there and do a good job of finishing,” coach Nick Saban said. “We obviously didn’t do a good job getting that point across, because I don’t think we finished like we needed to. We didn’t finish the game like we wanted to.” Going into the game, there were areas that the team wanted to improve on from last week’s game against Wisconsin. Saban said he’s not sure if it did just that in all areas – some, yes, but others, not so much. Saban said the defense did a great job getting turnovers with four total and the defense played better as time went on. “[MTSU] did a lot of things that we weren’t very well-prepared for, and we had to make a lot of adjustments during the game,” he said. “But I thought the players did a really good job of that. Offense, on the other hand, needs to find its identity...

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Alabama survives overtime thriller to begin SEC play.

By outreach@cw.ua.edu (Marquis Munson) A different field, but the results remained the same. After last year’s double overtime thriller in Baton Rouge, both teams battled once again, this time at the Alabama Soccer Complex. Alabama scored a late goal from Celia Jimenez to give the Crimson Tide its second win of the season. Coming into Tuscaloosa undefeated, the LSU Tigers just couldn’t hang on to their second half lead, losing to the Crimson Tide 3-2 in double overtime. “It will make the next time we play them that much harder,” Alabama coach Wes Hart said. “As a staff, we knew are team was good. I challenged them before the game to create more opportunities and create more shots and they did just that.” In the 20th minute, the Tiger’s forward Summer Clarke scored the first goal of the game with a shot from long distance in the upper-left corner just passing goalkeeper Emily Rusk. Rusk has not surrendered a score at home since the Ole Miss game back in 2014. Her four-game home scoreless streak is the first by a Alabama goalkeeper since Kara Gudmens back in 2008. After Clarke’s goal, the Crimson Tide spread the ball on offense throughout the half feeding it to some of their best offensive players. They took 10 shots with one on goal to end the half. Midfielders Celia Jimenez and Hailey Brohaugh...

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