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By ESPN Staff

Alabama ties Vanderbilt in SEC opener

The University of Alabama soccer team played Vanderbilt to a 1-1 tie Friday night at the Alabama Soccer Complex.

"This is the first step for our team tonight," head coach Don Staley said. "There were nine players in their first SEC game this evening. We gained a true understanding of what this conference is all about tonight. I thought we had a great deal of energy and enthusiasm, all in all I thought we played very well."

Vanderbilt scored first when Molly Kinsella broke through the Crimson Tide defense. However, the Tide struck back six minutes later through Alabama freshman Victoria Frederick, who scored her fourth goal of the season.

"The thing I like best about this game is that we came back after we got scored on, I attribute that to the fact that we are a unified group," Staley said.