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13th of November 2018

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Alabama soccer opens SEC play at home Thursday

The SEC is widely regarded as one of the top conferences in all of sports, and women’s soccer is no different. The SEC has four teams ranked in the top 15 in the United Soccer Coaches’ poll and has Mississippi State on the outside receiving votes.

Alabama soccer starts its journey through the SEC starting Thursday. In his first three years at Alabama, coach Wes Hart’s SEC record sits at just 10-19-2. In that span, Alabama has finished toward the bottom of the SEC, finishing as high as the seventh seed in the 10-team tournament.

Alabama sits at 5-2-1 and is on a five-game winning streak. The Crimson Tide has played five teams from last year’s NCAA tournament and sits at 2-2-1 but has outscored those five teams 13-6.

“We care a lot about our results early in the season…, but the SEC portion of the schedule, for us, this is what it’s really all about,” Hart said. “We’ve been attempting to peak toward this portion of our season. We’re excited. I feel that we are in a good place, coming off the results of some of the soccer we’ve played. We feel good about heading into this stretch of the season.”

Last year, the Crimson Tide went 4-5-1 in conference and started at No. 3 South Carolina. The Gamecocks spoiled an upset scoring in the 76th minute to win 1-0.

Alabama starts its SEC schedule at home for the first time since Hart’s first year at Alabama.

“It’s a lot easier (starting at home) with our fan base and just kind of getting comfortable before, so we’ll be more confident on the ball coming out of a home game against a SEC team,” defender Brynn Martin said.

Ole Miss visits Alabama to start SEC play. The last time the two met was a 1-0 win for Alabama in double overtime. It was also the first time since 1997 the Crimson Tide shut out the Rebels.

The match served as current keeper Alex Plavin’s first career start. Plavin made four saves in the shutout.

The Rebels are 6-2 so far this season and has won four of its last five games. They have scored 26 goals and are averaging more than 20 shots a game.

Senior Cece Kizer leads the Rebels on offense. The forward, who was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-American third team last year, is responsible for 22 point this year. She leads the team in goals with nine and assists with four.

Senior Marine Merritt sits in goal for the Rebels. She has allowed 10 goals on the season and has made 15 saves.

Alabama’s match against Ole Miss starts at 7 p.m.

“We’re really excited,” Brynn Martin said. “We had a really good nonconference schedule so far. We’ve had a lot of success, and we want to keep that going forward into SEC play. We want to finish top four in SEC and go into the tournament.”

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