LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Crimson Tide suffered their second loss in the last three games Friday
night, this time at the hands of an unranked Kentucky.
The match was filled with intensity coming from both sides, with 13 fouls attributed to each
team over the course of the game. The Crimson Tide were carded on three separate occasions,
with yellows handed out to Brooke Steere, Sasha Pickard and the Alabama bench. Kentucky also
received three yellow cards, with one going to their bench as well.
After a scoreless first half, Jordyn Rhodes opened up the game for the Wildcats with her first of
two goals coming in the 60th minute. Nadia Ramadan evened the score just 10 minutes later for
the Tide, scoring off a Gessica Skorka assist. The goal marked the second of the season for
Ramadan, the freshman out of Illinois.
Rhodes capitalized off an impressive corner kick, with a header into the top corner of the goal in
the 74th minute. The go-ahead goal not only ended up being the game winner for the Wildcats,
but gave Rhodes her 45th career goal, the most in Kentucky’s program history.
Alabama coach Wes Hart had to give credit where it was due following the loss stating, “I
thought we competed well, defended well, kept possession of the ball and had a lot of territory.
Credit to Kentucky. They were stingy defensively and made the most of their chances. It’s not a
fluke that they are undefeated through 11 games this season.”
Although there was plenty of scoring in the Friday night matchup, neither side was able to find a
consistent rhythm offensively, with the Tide forcing just two shots on goal to Kentucky’s three.
However, the rare shots on goal were lethal, with the first three recorded shots on goal from both
sides resulting in a score.
Coralie Lallier got the start at goalkeeper for the Crimson Tide, giving up two goals with one
save. Lallier started the year off strong, giving up just three goals in her first five starts and
helping the Tide to a record of 3-0-2 in those games. In her last two starts, however, Lallier has
allowed seven goals with Alabama losing both games.
The Crimson Tide’s recent struggles can also largely be credited to the offense, which has been
stagnant in recent SEC matchups. Alabama has scored just three goals in four conference games
so far this season.
Hart believes the majority of the struggle is coming in the attacking third, stating that the Tide
“lacked quality in the final pass,” on many potential scoring attacks.
Alabama falls to a record of 7-2-4 following the loss Friday, with a record of 1-2-1 in SEC play.
The Crimson Tide will look to avenge their loss Thursday, when they host Auburn in the “Iron
Bowl” of soccer.