By Zach Fidel Special to The Tuscaloosa News
The University of Alabama soccer team defeated Tennessee Tech, 1-0, on Sunday night. The team has now won five straight games.
Five minutes into the match Alabama scored, but it was no ordinary goal. Crimson Tide senior midfielder Celia Jimenez Delgado pushed the ball upfield, and when she crossed the ball into the box, it ricocheted off a Tennessee Tech defender for an own goal.
Alabama redshirt freshman Chloe Maize led the team with 4 shots. She netted her first goal of her career against Kennesaw State last week. Maize was a little bit more familiar with Sunday’s opponent since she grew up in Tennessee.
“I played little league soccer with some of the girls on their team when I was growing up,” Maize said. “It’s always fun playing against the people you grew up with, it’s a little more competitive.”
Once again the Crimson Tide defense had a strong performance. As halftime was drawing close, Tennessee Tech had a chance to score but the Alabama defense quickly swarmed to the ball and denied a chance for a shot on goal.
In the second half Alabama outshot Tennessee Tech 8-2, but none of those shots could find the back of the net. The Crimson Tide ended up winning 1-0, but coach Wes Hart said there was something the team was lacking throughout the game.
“In general, I thought this was one of our flatter performances in terms of our energy level,” Hart said. “I don’t know if it was the football home weekend or if it was fatigue but it has to be better for next game.”
One player who did not suit up for the game was freshman sensation Taylor Morgan. Hart said Morgan was suspended one game for breaking a team rule.
Alabama will open up SEC play at seventh-ranked South Carolina on Friday night.