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Soccer Closes Road Swing with 1-1 Draw at North Texas...

on Monday, August 20, 2018 Click Here To Comment!
Crimson Tide Athletics:

Denton, Texas;

The Alabama soccer team closed out its two-game road swing to open the 2018 season with a 1-1 draw at North Texas on Sunday afternoon.

The Crimson Tide controlled the run of play throughout regulation and both overtimes, outshooting the Mean Green 29-14 in the match, but was unable to find a game-winner.

"We knew it would not be easy because North Texas is a very good team," Alabama head coach Wes Hart said.

"Playing them on less than two days rest in the Texas heat was a challenge, but our team answered the call. We played very well and created a ton of chances, but just couldn't get them to fall. If we continue to play like that, we're going to win a lot of games." 


Obviously, I'd rather be sitting on two wins right now, but I would not trade this for two easy home wins.

"There's no doubt that these games are going to help us long term. Both of these opponents were similar to teams we will face in SEC and postseason play."

After a scoreless opening 45 minutes, North Texas (1-0-1), the four-time defending Conference USA champions, was able to collect the game's first goal at the 67:50 mark when Taylor Torres scored off a throw in to put her team up 1-0.

Alabama (0-1-1) responded just over 10 minutes later as sophomore Chloe Maize found senior Abbie Boswell in the top corner of the 18-yard box.

With a defender draped on her, Boswell was able to spin and whip a shot that bent into the far upper-90 to even the score at 1-1 at the 78:33 mark.

The Tide dominated the overtime, outshooting the Mean Green 6-0 over the two extra periods with four of those shots coming on frame.

The best scoring chance came in the second overtime with just over seven minutes remaining as junior Taylor Hubbard received a pass and found herself wide open in front of the net.

However, her shot was saved by North Texas goalkeeper Kelsey Brann. The rebound went right to the feet of senior Emma Welch, but Brann managed to make the save on the goal line to keep the game even.

Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kaylee Hammer, making her first career start, had six saves on the afternoon for UA. Brann finished with nine stops, including four in the overtime periods for North Texas.

Alabama will return home when it begins a seven-game homestand on Friday, Aug. 24, against Florida Golf Coast at 7 p.m. CT in the home opener.

The Tide will then take on Kennesaw State on Sunday at 6 p.m. CT. Admission to all home games is free to students and fans.
 

TCU Tops Short-handed Alabama, 1-0, in Season Opener...

on Sunday, August 19, 2018 Click Here To Comment!
Crimson Tide Soccer:

Fort Worth, Texas;

Playing a man down over the final 36 minutes, Alabama fell to TCU, 1-0, on Friday night at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium in the season-opener for both teams.

TCU's goal came at the 87:52 mark when Kayla Hill converted a header off a pass from Tijana Djuricek. The victory didn't come without controversy, however.

With the game knotted in a scoreless tie in the 54th minute, the Horned Frogs had a breakaway in which starting goalkeeper Alex Plavin attempted to stop.

The TCU forward collided with Plavin, who was given a straight red card, forcing the Crimson Tide to finish the match with 10 players on the field for the final 36-plus minutes.

"I'm disappointed with the result, but incredibly proud of our fight tonight," Alabama head coach Wes Hart said.

"We played a solid first half. It was a very competitive game. But the red card decision by the ref really swung things in TCU's favor. We did our best to hang on over the last 36 minutes, but just fell short. We will let this one sting for a bit and then we need to move on.

We've got a tough game on Sunday vs North Texas."


Alabama was led by senior Abbie Boswell, who collected a team-high three shots on the night, two of which came on frame.

Plavin made four saves before exiting, while redshirt freshman Kaylee Hammer, who came in for Plavin after the red card, made three stops in her 35:40 in the net before suffering the loss.

TCU owned an 18-5 edge in total shots and a 10-1 advantage on corner kicks.

The Tide will close out its two-game road swing to start the season when it takes on North Texas today at 1 p.m. CT.
 

Raindrops keep falling on my head...

on Sunday, August 19, 2018 Click Here To Comment!
Crimson Tide Football:

The Alabama Crimson Tide held its second scrimmage of the fall on Saturday afternoon at Bryant-Denny Stadium. 

The workout lasted roughly 130 plays and just under two hours on a cloudy and humid Saturday afternoon in Tuscaloosa.

The scrimmage, which was delayed nearly an hour due to a brief but heavy rainstorm that passed through the area, was Alabama's second and final of the fall in preparation for its season-opening contest with Louisville. 


The Tide and Cardinals will face off in the Camping World Kickoff Game at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. CT on ABC. 

Alabama will be off Sunday before getting back to work on Monday.

"The No. 1 thing, which was the focus after last scrimmage, was to be able to make some significant improvement from week one to week two, and I certainly saw a lot of areas where we were able to do that." 


We made a lot more explosive plays today. 

We were a lot more consistent on offense. We took care of the ball pretty well. Both the quarterbacks played well.

"I thought the tackling was not as crisp as it needed to be on defense. We continue to make a lot more mental errors than we'll be able to tolerate." 


The knowledge and experience, we'll continue to work with guys and continue to work together communicating, is going to be really, really important. 

We had a couple two-minute situations in today's scrimmage at the end of the game that we were successful at. The specialists did very well today. Each of them had maybe one play they wish they had back, but I was really pleased with that as well.

"The big message is the things that we focused on and the things that we worked on, we made improvement on." 


The things that we don't pay attention to on detail are – people trying to break the ball out, ball security, those types of things that we really make a great emphasis on. 

We need to continue to create more turnovers on defense; I thought we did a pretty good job of taking care of the ball today on offense."
 

Alabama Rowing Walk-On Informational Meeting Set for Aug. 27...

on Friday, August 17, 2018 Click Here To Comment!
Crimson Tide Rowing:

It's a chance to be a part of a new era of success, a chance to don the crimson and white.

Alabama rowing will hold an informational meeting for interested, female students Monday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m. in the Erg Room of the Student Activity Center by Presidential Village.

"I am so looking forward to meeting the walk-on athletes and getting this season started," assistant coach Madison Keaty said.

"It's an exciting time for Alabama Rowing as we aim to take the program to the next level. Walk-ons play a huge role in the success of the team and with their drive and enthusiasm, I believe we are going to build something really special."

At last year's Big 12 Conference Championships, half of Alabama's top-two boats were walk-ons.

"Rowing as taught me discipline, shown me the rewards of constant hard work and given me friendships that will last a lifetime," senior walk-on Makena Clark said.

"Trying out for rowing is one of the best decisions I have ever made."
 

After Tide's Wednesday Morning Practice A Few Player's Talked About ACL's & Standing 6'7"...

on Friday, August 17, 2018 Click Here To Comment!
Crimson Tide Fall Football:

Another round of three Alabama football players came to chat with the media Wednesday afternoon.

They practice again this evening at 7:30 in preparation for the second scrimmage Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Here's a little taste of the notable nuggets from those conversations:

1.-Does Trevon Diggs have any comment on the Louisville WR who said they had better athletes? "I don't know," Diggs said.

"We're not focused on that right now. We're in camp, you know, just working hard and staying focused, just working on camp right now."

Diggs, like the rest of the players interviewed, have followed the directive to avoid answering questions about specific players or to single out teammates.

When asked which new defensive backs have played well in camp, Diggs said: "All of them. I like all of them a lot. They all work hard. I like that group a lot."

2.-Tight end Miller Forristall spoke at length about coming back from a torn ACL suffered last season.

He discussed the first hit he took after coming back from the injury. 


3.-Defensive lineman Raekwon Davis was a little more soft-spoken in front of the press.

Asked about the advantage he gets from being 6-foot-7, Davis said: "I mean, my arms, I've got bigger ... more leverage than a regular guy, that's about it."



Texas A&M set to sue Alabama football coach...

on Thursday, August 16, 2018 Click Here To Comment!
Crimson Tide Football:

Texas A&M is moving forward with plans to sue an Alabama assistant football coach.

The first item on the agenda for the executive session of the Aug. 16 Texas A&M board of regents meeting gives authorization to "proceed with litigation against Jeff Banks for breach of employment contract."

Banks was the Aggies tight ends and special teams coordinator before leaving for Alabama in January.

He was the interim head coach for A&M in the Belk Bowl after Kevin Sumlin was fired.

Banks' contract at Texas A&M required him to pay the full buyout if he left for another SEC school, The Eagle reported.

He was set to be paid $375,000 a year in a contract running through March 2019.

The contract approved by Alabama in May stated UA would pay up to $457,448 to buyout his old contract at his previous employer.

If the previous employer agreed to reduce the buyout payment up to $282,448, that money would go to Banks.

At Alabama, Banks is set to make $550,000 in the second and third years of his contract and $267,552 in Year 1.
 

Alabama’s Davis Riley Advances to Match Play at 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship...

on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Click Here To Comment!
Crimson Tide Men's Golf:

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif.;

Alabama men's golfer Davis Riley finished stroke play at the 2018 United States Amateur Championship tied for 24th overall with a 36-hole total of 1-over par 144 (74-70).

As a result, the Crimson Tide senior is one of 64 golfers to advance to the match play portion of the event, which begins on Wednesday.

Fellow Alabama golfer Davis Shore also competed at this year's event, but fell short of reaching match play.

Shore, a rising sophomore, tied for 128th overall in the 312-man field with a two-day total of seven-over par 150 (74-76).

Following Wednesday's round, two rounds of match play will take place on Thursday to determine Friday's quarterfinalists. Tee times, pairings and live stats can be found at USGA.org.

Riley, who will be entering his senior season at Alabama this fall, is playing in his fifth U.S. Amateur.

In 2016, the Hattiesburg, Miss., native advanced to the round of 32 at the U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills after he matched a North Course record with a round of 64 in stroke play.
 

Alabama Softball Adds Junior Infielder Taylor Clark to 2019 Roster...

on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Click Here To Comment!
Crimson Tide Softball:

Alabama softball continues to add depth to its 2019 roster as the Crimson Tide welcomes junior Taylor Clark, a two-year starting infielder at Virginia Tech.

A native of Mechanicsburg, Pa., Clark made 31 starts as a true freshman for the Hokies in 2017 at shortstop and third base and made 35 starts at the hot corner as a sophomore in 2018.

She was second on the team with 18 RBIs last season and led the team in batting average (.278), slugging percentage (.528) and on-base percentage (.381) in conference play.

"We are very excited to welcome Taylor to the Alabama softball family," UA head coach Patrick Murphy said. "We are happy to help Taylor find a home to finish her career."

Clark is the Tide's second Division-I transfer this year along with former Hofstra pitcher Sarah Cornell.

The two join five other newcomers on the roster, including NJCAA national pitcher of the year Krystal Goodman and freshmen Kloyee Anderson, Kayla Davis, Montana Fouts and Skylar Wallace.