The Best of the Best: Alabama Soccer Up Against Elite Competition in College Cupsports

The Best of the Best: Alabama Soccer Up Against Elite Competition in College Cup

A look at how the Crimson Tide stacks up against the impressive teams in the NCAA Tournament semifinals. The NCAA Tournament semifinals are all set in women's soccer, and feature four of the top five teams in the initial bracket. The field also includes three giants in the sport along with Alabama, which is making its College Cup debut. Here's a look at the teams, with Florida State vs. North Carolina and Alabama vs. UCLA in the national semifinals on Friday, and the national championship set to be played Monday in Cary, N.C. First three rounds: 9-0 over Jackson State, 2-1 over Portland, 3-1 over UC Irvine Goals leader: Riley Mattingly Parker 17 (tied for 6th nationally) Assists leader: Felicia Knox 20 (1st) Points leader: Riley Mattingly Parker 41 (tied for 6th) * Coming off its first victory in the NCAA Tournament last season, Alabama was picked to finish fifth by league coaches. The Crimson Tide was also not listed in the preseason polls, but made it all the way up to No. 2 and secured top seeding in one of the four regionals. * The Crimson Tide has set the season record for points (220), goals (76), assists (68), shots (528), shots on goal (224), wins (23) and shutouts (12). * Alabama clinched its first SEC regular season championship, finishing the season undefeated in conference play with a 10-0 SEC record.

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