Alabama Soccer Ties Miami
On Thursday night, the Miami Hurricanes women's soccer team came into Tuscaloosa and went the distance with the fifth ranked Crimson Tide, ending the teams early season win streak.
Though the game started with a few good shots on goal from the Tide and plenty of time with possession, the first twenty minutes of the match went by without any true drama. As the first half went by, however, the Crimson Tide seemed to gain momentum. With twelve minutes left in the first half, the Tide were presented with a corner kick that did not produce any result, and this repeated with five minutes left. Throughout the half, Alabama was knocking on the door, but it came to halftime without a score from either time.
The two teams exchanged roles in the second half— Miami had possession of the ball for what seemed like nearly the entire forty-five minutes aside from a lone few attacks from Alabama. Despite a strident effort in the last twenty minutes, the Tide was still unable to score.
A penalty kick from star sophomore Gianna Paul resulted in three straight shots on goal, none of which produced a result. At one point, the game was halted by the referees to review a possible score by the Crimson Tide, and the fanbase seemed to unanimously believe it was a goal—but the game was resumed and the match remained scoreless. After one last desperate attempt in the last minute from the Tide, the match ended nil to nil.
Despite avoiding a loss, the Crimson Tide doubtless expected more from a game against unranked Miami. The team isn’t going to let it get to them, though, especially this early in the season.
Coach Hart said that “[the team] can’t get overly discouraged or dwell on it too much, we just have to keep training and working on it, and getting ready for the next one.” When asked what her takeaway was from the game, midfielder Kate Henderson had one phrase in mind: “memory of a goldfish.”
The past cannot be changed, and now, the fifth ranked Crimson Tide will be looking ahead to their match against Samford on September 3rd.