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SOCCER CENTRAL: No. 23 UT vs. Alabama

Sept. 13, 2012

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No. 23 TENNESSEE (5-1-1) vs. ALABAMA (5-1)
Sept. 14, 2012   |   7 p.m. ET
Regal Soccer Stadium   |   Knoxville, Tenn.

THE ALABAMA MATCH
  • Tennessee's SEC opener against Alabama on Friday will mark the 14th meeting all-time between the schools. The Lady Vols hold a 9-3-1 advantage and have never lost to the Crimson Tide at home, going 5-0-1 against them in Knoxville. In 2011, Alabama edged UT, 1-0, in Tuscaloosa thaks to Piya Rijsdijk's 14th-minute unassisted goal.

  • UT is 10-5-1 all-time in SEC openers and 6-1 when its first conference game is at home. In last year's SEC opener, Tennessee fell at home to South Carolina, 2-1 in double overtime after Kortney Rhoades scored from 12 yards out in the 106th minute.
  • Tennessee is currently ranked No. 23 in the nation in the Soccer America poll and No. 25 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire national poll.

  • The NCAA released its first weekly stats rankings of the season on Tuesday. Tennessee's defense stands as one of the best in the nation, ranking sixth in goals-against average (.270) and eighth in save percentage (.917) and tying for eighth in shutout percentage (.714). Sophomore Julie Eckel is 11th among all Division I goalkeepers with a .290 goals-against average.
  • Fans who pre-order the Triple Play package online will receive a Lady Vol t-shirt hot dog and match ticket for only $5! Fans who present their UT-Florida football game ticket will receive free admission. Also, Friday is Knox County School Night with free admission to fans who donate two school supplies.

SCOUTING ALABAMA

  • Alabama is 5-1 and coming off a 2-1 home loss to Maryland on Sept. 6.
  • The Crimson Tide defense has been strong this year with a 0.50 goals-allowed average (t-27th in nation) and a .667 shutout percentage (t-16th in nation).
  • In 2011, Alabama went 10-9-3 (4-5-2 SEC) and fell to Miami in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
  • The Crimson Tide returned 15 letterwinners and eight starters from last season, including NSCAA All-Region forward Pia Rijsdijk.
  • Freshman Katie Bourgeois is the team's leading scorer in 2012 with six goals and two assissts for 14 points. Bourgeois scored an incredible four goals in Alabama's 9-0 win at South Alabama on Aug. 31.

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