Aug. 26, 2005
NEW ORLEANS, La. -
After taking a 1-0 lead just after halftime, three goals from Alabama's Libby Probst proved to be too much to overcome for the Tulane women's soccer team as the Wave dropped its season opener, 4-1, in the opening round of the Tulane Tournament on Friday night.
The Green Wave looked strong during the first half, and headed to the locker room in a scoreless tie with the Crimson Tide.
Tulane took a 1-0 advantage nine minutes into the second period, senior Jessica Mendez flicked the ball to Jessica Traver. Traver then promptly spotted Kali Miller open at the front of the net for Tulane's first goal of the game and of the season.
"The goal was really a team effort getting on attack with Jessica Mendez's passing and Kali finishing," Tulane head coach Betsy Anderson said. "That gave us the momentum, and that's when we needed to come right back at them."
It did not take long, however, for Alabama to respond with a goal of its own. Kylie Boyd's goal at the 59 minute mark sparked a Crimson Tide offense that would tally three more goals on the evening, all by Libby Probst. Probst's first goal came from 20 yards out at the 72 minute mark, and was followed by another goal five minutes later. Probst ended her evening with a hat trick, scoring her third goal with seven and half minutes remaining.
Tulane held a slight edge with eight shots to the Tide's seven for the game, but each of Alabama's four shots in the second half found the back of the net.
"This was like the tale of two halves, we dominated play in the first half," Anderson said. "At halftime I talked to the team about momentum, and that's what this game was all about. We had the momentum at the start of the second half, and when they scored we lost the momentum. After that we had a few more breakdowns.
"They have some good individual players and if you give a team like that an opportunity, they will put the ball in the back of the net. It's disappointing to lose to a team that we played well against. The score is definitely not indicative of the way we played."
In the tournament's first game, the North Dakota State Bison shutout Troy, 2-0.
Tulane returns to the field on Sunday at 2:30 p.m., taking on Troy in the Tulane Tournament at the Westfeldt Facility. Following the game the team will participate in the annual Fan Day, a free event for fans to meet the Green Wave student-athletes.