Alabama Soccer Opens SEC Tournament Against Ole Miss

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama soccer team (10-8-1, 5-4-1 SEC) opens play at the Southeastern Conference Tournament at the Orange Beach Sportsplex at Orange Beach, Ala., Tuesday as the sixth-seeded Crimson Tide faces third-seeded Ole Miss (11-4-3, 6-3-1 SEC) in a 2:30 p.m. CT game.

How To Follow

Tuesday’s tournament match will air on the SEC Network and will be available through the ESPN app and WatchESPN.com for SEC Network subscribers. Links to live scoring and the stream are available at RollTide.com.

The SEC Tournament

  • Alabama will make its 14th appearance at the SEC Tournament
  • It is also the program’s third consecutive appearance at the conference tournament
  • The Tide opens play in the quarterfinals for the first time after earning a first round bye since 1995
  • This is the first time Alabama and Ole Miss have met at the SEC Tournament
  • Alabama enters as the sixth seed, its highest ranking at the SEC Tournament since being seeded sixth in 2004

Closing the Regular Season

  • Alabama upset No. 19 Auburn last Thursday with a late goal from Allie Berk
  • Aislin Streicek worked to find an opening on the left side of the field before crossing the ball in front of the goal for Berk to tap into the net  
  • The win was the program’s 10th at home, setting a UA record for most home wins in a single season
  • The Tide ended the year on a seven-game winning streak at the Alabama Soccer Stadium
  • UA won the Iron Bowl of soccer trophy in back-to-back seasons for the first time since its four-year run between 1996-99

Who’s Pacing the Team

  • Reyna Reyes was named a First Team All-SEC honoree, the first two time All-SEC first team recipient since Rachel Brown in 1999
  • McKinley Crone recorded her 10th career shutout at Alabama, moving to sixth all-time in program history
  • Crone also posted her 133rd career save in an Alabama uniform, ninth most in program history
  • Riley Tanner is also listed on UA’s all-time list, tying for sixth for game-winning goals with three
  • Ashlynn Serepca and Kate Henerson lead the offense with five goals apiece and rank first and second in points with 13 and 12, respectively

The Rebels

  • Ole Miss enters the tournament as the third seed after recording a 6-3-1 conference record
  • The Rebels are coming off a recent loss to in-state rival Mississippi State, falling on the road 3-2
  • Molly Martin leads the team in goals with nine, while Haleigh Stackpole leads the team in assists with 13 and points with 23
  • In goal, Ashley Orkus has made 65 saves and has allowed 24 goals

SEC Tournament Results

1994: Semifinals loss (1-2 vs. Auburn in OT)
1995: Semifinals win (1-0 vs. Auburn) –> Finals loss (1-2 vs. Kentucky)
1996: 1st Round loss (2-3 vs. Georgia)
1997: 1st Round loss (2-3 vs. Georgia)
1998: 1st Round win (1-0 vs. Tennessee) –> Semifinals loss (0-1 vs. Vanderbilt)
2004: 1st Round loss (0-2 vs. Florida)
2008: 1st Round loss (1-2 vs. Florida)
2011: 1st Round win (1-0 vs. South Carolina) –> Semifinals loss (1-2 vs. Florida)
2014: 1st Round loss (2-3 vs. Tennessee)
2016: 1st Round loss (0-1 vs. Texas A&M in OT)
2017: 1st Round loss (1-3 vs. Missouri)
2019: 1st Round win (2-1 vs. Auburn in OT) –> Quarterfinals loss (1-2 vs. Vanderbilt)
2020: 1st Round loss (0-2 vs. LSU)

Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaSoccer on Twitter and Facebook and AlabamaSoccer on Instagram. General athletic news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.

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