TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- Alabama has had no struggle over the last decade when facing Tennessee in Knoxville. Thursday night was no exception. The tide have now won four straight when facing the vols in Regal Stadium after their impressive win on Thursday.
Although the vols are unranked, they are no pushover, as they came into the game holding a solid record of 5-2-1 with their only losses coming to North Carolina and Duke, both of which are now ranked top five in the country.
The tide’s first game in program history being ranked inside of the top 10 got off to a rough start, with Tennessee’s Jordan Fusco scoring on a beautiful shot in the sixth minute to give the vols a 1-0 lead. However, Alabama wasted no time getting on the board, with Reyna Reyes scoring off of a Felicia Knox assist just eight minutes later. Alabama followed it up with back to back goals in the 24th and 25th minutes from Riley Mattingly Parker and Ashlynn Serepca. Tennessee scored off of a penalty kick 10 minutes later to cut the lead to 3-2 heading into halftime.
The second half was a much better display of the teams’ defenses as the lone goal came from Reyes in the 50th minute.
Alabama’s high-powered offense was on full display as they once again led the shot count by a large margin. The tide sent in 29 shots, 13 of which were on goal, compared to just nine total shots (four on goal) from Tennessee.
Another statistic worth noting is that star Alabama midfielder Felicia Knox has had six consecutive games with an assist. Knox now leads all of division one with nine total assists on the year.
Knox and the tide look to stay hot as their now nine game unbeaten streak will be put to the test Sunday night when they host Texas A&M.