Alabama Soccer sits at 6-6-1 on the season, but their 0-4-0 record in SEC play leaves them at the bottom of the table.
The season began with optimism, After three years at Alabama, “I feel very good about where our program is at and where it is headed,” head coach Wes Hart said.
The Crimson Tide’s 2018 soccer campaign did not start how they hoped. A road loss to TCU, followed by a draw at North Texas left the Tide 0-1-1 after the opening weekend.
The home opener did not fair better, despite sophomore Alex Plavin’s nine save night, the Crimson Tide lost 4-2 to FGCU.
From there, Alabama won five straight home games, highlighted by 22 goals and three clean sheets. Alabama won 6-0 over Kennesaw State, with braces from sophomore Casey Wertz and freshman Kat Rogers, and 1-0 against Vrginia Tech, thanks to an own goal. They then defeated Rice and South Alabama by a score of 5-1, with senior Emma Welsh and sophomore Gigi Schorr netting their first goals of the season. Heading into SEC play, the team held a record of 5-2-1.
In the SEC opener against Ole Miss, the Crimson Tide lost 1-0 after sophomore Molly Martin’s goal from a corner kick.
Sept. 16, the Crimson Tide traveled to Chicago for their final out of conference game. They won 1-0 against DePaul thanks to a headed goal by sophomore Emma Thompson.
In their return to conference play, the Crimson Tide suffered a 3-2 loss at Vanderbilt, followed by a 1-0 home loss to Arkansas. Thursday, they lost a road match-up to LSU 2-0
Alabama’s next match comes at home Oct. 4, facing the Kentucky Wildcats, where they hope to get their first SEC points.
(Photo courtesy of Hannah Saad and The Crimson White)