Womens Soccer Prepares To Take On Alabama-Birmingham
Vanderbilt womens soccer team will look to rebound from
a heartbreaking 1-0 overtime loss to Saint Louis University
in its season opener last Sunday when it hits the road on
Thursday to take on Alabama-Birmingham. The contest is slated
to kick off at 7:00 p.m. in Birmingham.
For the Commodores, Thursday nights game will be the
first of six contests away from the friendly confines of the
Vanderbilt Soccer Complex. Vanderbilt does return home to
play a home game until Friday evening, October 4, against
SEC rival Florida.
The Black and Gold are coming off a difficult loss to Saint
Louis in their inaugural game at the Vanderbilt Soccer Complex.
Both teams were deadlocked at 0-0 following the first 90 minutes.
In regulation, the Commodores outshot the Billikens 16-8;
however, in overtime Saint Louis made its ninth shot count.
Defender Tressa Percher slid the ball past Vanderbilt goalkeeper
Esther Thompson, following a corner kick, in the 96th minute
to give Saint Louis the win. Thompson was one of the bright
spots for the Commodores in the first game, as she recorded
seven saves in her first game as a member of the womens
The Commodores own a decisive 6-0 all-time record against
the Blazers, including a 1-0 victory last season in Nashville.
Including Thursdays meeting, these two teams have squared
off the last seven years. Senior midfielder Katharine Carroll
was the hero of last years contest, as she scored in
the 84th minute to lift the Commodores to the victory.
UAB enters Thursdays match-up with a 1-0-1 after playing
in the OHANA Hotels & Resort No Ka Oi Tournament in Waipahu,
Hawaii. The Blazers and Hawaii battled to a 1-1 double-overtime
draw in their first contest; however, rebounded with a convincing
3-0 victory over Wyoming.
Midfielder Jenny Rynders is off to a quick start this season,
as she has tallied one goal in both games for UAB. In 200
minutes, UAB goalkeeper Lisa Nowoslawski has recorded 17 saves,
while allowing only one goal. The only goal she has allowed
came in the 80th minute against Hawaii.
Quick Points Heading into UAB Contest
Vanderbilt leads the all-time series with UAB, 6-0. The first
meeting between these two teams was back in 1996, which the
Commodores won in Nashville, 3-2.
The Commodores are looking to end a three-game losing and
scoreless streak, a streak that dates back to the Duke contest
on Nov. 3, 2001.
The UAB game is the first of six-consecutive road games for
the head coach Ronnie Hill squad.
Vanderbilt owns a 21-12-1 mark against its next six road opponents.