Tennessee Falls at #6 Alabama, 4-2

Knoxville, Tenn. –Tennessee fell short of No. 6 Alabama on Thursday, losing 4-2 at Regal Stadium.

Second year Jordan Fusco and senior Claudia Dipasupil were the scorers for UT (5-3-1, 1-1 SEC). In the net, senior Lindsey Romig matched his career high of nine saves set last Friday at Kentucky.

Reyna Reyes scored twice for Alabama (9-1-1) while Riley Mattingly Parker and Ashlynn Serepca completed the scoring.

“We just reminded the team of our identity and our competitive fight. We didn’t have that confidence and we fight consistently in the first half,” the Tennessee head coach said. Joe Kirt.

“I think in the second half we were better with that, and our team knows we have to bring that to every game. In this league, if you don’t compete, you won’t win many games. We were inconsistent with that tonight in the first half. In the second half we were better. There’s another level yet… That’s the message that leaves this game, (we need) this constant competitive fight for 90 minutes.

Alabama came out aggressive offensively, taking three hits before UT went on the offensive. Fusco got UT’s first look in the seventh minute, scoring with a 25-yard rocket that flew inside the right goal post and into the net to put the Lady Vols in front early, 1-0.

The Crimson Tide leveled the score seven minutes later when Reyes headed in from a Felicia Knox corner.

UA then went up 3-1 in the space of a minute and 40 seconds, both the result of Tennessee’s defensive clearances from inside the penalty area the Alabama players stepped onto. . Parker scored first, followed by Serepca shortly after.

Huff beat an Alabama defender in the box in 36e minute and was stumbled from behind, drawing a penalty which Dipasupil put into the net from the left side to bring UT back in less than one. That margin would hold until halftime, with Alabama leading 3-2.

UA came back two five minutes into the second half with Reyes scoring from close range on an assist from Kate Henderson.

Romig made a one-on-one save in the 55e minute when Parker broke through Tennessee’s back line.

Fifth year senior George Mackenzie had a good chance with just over four minutes left in the game, receiving the ball inside the box and firing a hard shot, but sailed away from the far post.

NEXT: Tennessee travels to Kentucky for a game at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. The contest will be broadcast on SECN+.

SHE SHOOTS, SHE SCORES: Senior Claudia Dipasupil scored his second PK in as many games, keeping his perfect collegiate record of 4-4 from the penalty spot.

THE FIRST BLUE: Tennessee donned their Summitt Blue jerseys for the first time against Alabama to celebrate the 50e Anniversary of Title IX. Summitt Blue sits alongside “Smokey Grey” and “Dark Mode” (formerly Anthracite) as the three accent colors on the official Tennessee Athletics color palette. Football is one of four teams releasing Summitt Blue uniforms in the 2022-23 college year – a collection dubbed the “Summitt Legacy” series.


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