UWA women’s soccer opens season with win

Published 9:12 am Friday, September 6, 2013

LIVINGSTON – West Alabama women’s soccer began its season off on the right foot with a dominating 11-0 victory over Judson College on Thursday. Junior Lydia Sutcliffe spearheaded the Tiger attack netting the first two goals in the first four minutes.

“We just came out firing; we didn’t hold back,” Sutcliffe said. “My first goal went in and then the other one went in, before we knew it we were up a lot.”

Sutcliffe was one of nine Tigers to claim a goal in the season opener. Rianna Gurvitz, Paige Almond, Haylee Frank and Rebekah Craig all came off the bench to record their first goals of the year. Freshman Craig recorded two goals to match Sutcliffe as the score leader.

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The Tiger’s defense also put on a clinic, holding Judson shot-less for 72 minutes. Overall, UWA out-shot the Eagles 32-1. Starting freshman goalkeeper Issy Foster recorded a shutout in the first half, while junior Jess Martin picked up the only UWA save splitting time with Anna Eastis.

“This gives us a positive mentality moving ahead,” said West Alabama head women’s soccer coach Graeme Orr. “We have a tough schedule ahead but this gives us a foundation to build on and improve.”

West Alabama will now prepare for a grueling seven game road stretch beginning at North Alabama on Sept. 10. The match is set for 7 p.m.