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Early goal sends the Crimson Tide to the second round

231 days ago
Alabama Athletics
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CLEMSON, S.C. - The Alabama soccer team (11-9-1, 5-4-1 SEC) will advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history after the Crimson Tide defeated Clemson (12-7-1,6-3-1) 1-0 Friday at Historic Riggs Field.

A goal in the opening four minutes of play from Allie Berk was the difference in the game. After streaking down the left side of the field, Riley Tanner turned the corner to cross the ball into the box. Berk, who was making a run near post, redirected the ball towards net and past a diving Clemson keeper.

Alabama controlled the first half of play, continuing to build after a quick start and a goal from Berk. The Tide led in shots, 9-6, and corners, 3-2, as the team put pressure on Clemson's defense. Reyna Reyes added another shot on goal for the Tide as the team exited the half leading 1-0.

McKinley Crone made her presence known in the second half the game. The UA keeper recorded a big save after a shot off the crossbar bounced back towards net and hit a Clemson forward, before leaping to keep a shot out of the upper right corner of the net minutes later. Crone and the Alabama defense held off eight corner kicks and 14 shots by the Tigers in the second half of play as Alabama shutout Clemson for the win.

FROM HEAD COACH WES HART

"So proud of our team and so incredibly happy for them. We had a great start to the game. We were aggressive and confident from the start and were rewarded with a great goal. Second half, we hung on for dear life. Clemson threw everything at us. But credit to our players, we made huge plays when we needed them."

BEHIND THE BOX SCORE

  • Alabama advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history
  • The win was also the first for the Tide against the Tigers as the programs met for the third time in the series
  • Allie Berk scored Alabama's firth all-time goal in NCAA Tournament play
  • Berk also recorded the third goal of her career and second game winner after also netting the winning goal against No. 19 Auburn
  • Riley Tanner recorded her second assist of the year with her cross to Berk
  • McKinley Crone recorded five crucial saves in the game as she posted her sixth shutout of the season to tie for fourth in program history for shutouts in a single season and fifth all-time in career-shutouts with 11