TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football program is headed for the 2022 College Cup! The top seeded Crimson Tide held off the No. 2 seeded Duke Blue Devils in Friday night’s NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals game at Alabama Soccer Stadium with a 3-2 victory in overtime.
Alabama (23-2-1) won its 20th straight home game in what was arguably one of the more exciting contests on the track. The Tide’s Reyna Reyes scored the winner just under eight minutes into the first overtime as Alabama kept the Blue Devils (15-5-3) off the scoreboard for the remainder of overtime in the win.
The win secured the program’s first-ever trip to the College Cup.
By Head Coach Wes Hart
“Lots of firsts, right. First time we won a round of 32 and then a round of 16 and now a round of eight and now we’re going into a round of four. There were so many firsts this year and (I “I’m just incredibly proud of this team. Every coach out there feels that their team deserves it but it couldn’t happen to a better group of young women. They are a class on and off the pitch and you’ve been that way for the last few years been through a lot. I’ve said this many times, this isn’t an overnight success story. We didn’t wake up one day and we were good. We put the work into it and it’s so great that we’re being rewarded for it.”
How it happened
- In a match that failed to score in the opening 67 minutes of play, a total of four goals, two by each side, were scored over the next 11+ minutes, prompting a frantic end to regulation
- The stretch began with Gianna Paul’s goal when the score was 67-11 when she rebounded the keeper into the top net for Tide’s 1-0 lead
- Exactly four minutes later, when the score was 71-11, it was Ashlynn Serepca who hit the back of the net to give Alabama a two-goal lead
- Serepca’s goal came from a double assist from Riley Tanner and Gessica Skorka when Serepca was on the receiving side and headed the ball past the Duke keeper
- Just over four minutes later, Duke’s Michelle Cooper scored the first of two goals when she hit the back of the net at the 75-30 mark to halve the lead to 2-1
- Just 3:20 later, Cooper struck again as she leveled the game 2-2
- Overall, the four goals fell from 67:11 to 78:50 – a span of 11 minutes and 39 seconds
- Reyna Reyes’ goal came at 7:44 of the first overtime when she collected a loose ball and put it in the back of the net
- Alabama has now won 20 straight games at home, including ending the 2022 season with a perfect 13-0 record at Alabama Soccer Stadium
- UA had 62 percent of the game ownership compared to Duke’s 38 percent for the competition
- The Tide dominated the game, beating the Blue Devils 26-12 that night, including a 12-7 edge on shots on target
- Alabama ended up with a huge 15-2 advantage on corner kicks
- Alabama controlled 56 percent of possession in the first half, beating the Blue Devils 9-3, which included a 4-2 edge on shots on goal
- Ashlynn Serepca scored her 10th goal of the season while both Paul and Reyes scored their eighth
- McKinley Crone recorded five monstrous saves for the Tide as she recorded her 23rd win in goal
- UA plays the College Cup on Friday, December 2nd in Cary, NC
- Tide’s first round opponent and game time will be determined at a later date
- All games will be broadcast on ESPNU