KATIE HENRICKS - WOMEN'S SOCCER
Hello UAB fans! It feels like I was sitting here just yesterday writing my first blog of the season. Time flies when you're having fun. Coming off a very productive SEC sweep the previous weekend, our team knew we would have to come out last week at practice and refocus to continue our success against our upcoming west coast competition.
On Thursday, we departed for Nashville, Tenn. for Vanderbilt (who we had just defeated the previous week). Vanderbilt was hosting a tournament that included themselves, St. Mary's, Gonzaga and us. Friday we faced St. Mary's. We came out and ended up winning, 1-0. The goal was scored by Danya Barsalona in the second half by chipping the keeper. It was a decent game with the best possible outcome.
After a good win, we went to downtown Nashville to have dinner on Saturday night. Little did we know the entertainment that we would find in downtown Nashville. After we ate, our trainer Liz Landrum found a place that we could go line dancing. Most of our team never line danced before, but we learned a dance that all but a few of us perfected.
After cutting a rug, we continued our journey up and down the strip and next ran into a place that had a mechanical bull. Yes, a MECHANICAL BULL! The coaching staff decided to give it a go, and the rest is all in my book of memories and the laughs that made my stomach cramp. Some pictures were taken so that we have evidence of the event. In case anybody was wondering, Summer prevailed with staying on the longest followed by a close second Coach Harbin, then Jeanette and Liz. After drying the tears of laughter from our eyes, we headed back to our bus.
Finally after an eventful night on Saturday, it was game day again, which is always the best day of the week for us. Sunday we played Gonzaga. We were playing pretty solid and went up 1-0, assist from Allysha Chapman (a.k.a Chappy) to Sally Palmer who bent the ball into the top corner.
Coming into second half, we knew the game was long from over, seeing how Gonzaga had previously just beaten Vanderbilt in a second half effort on Friday. Gonzaga played well and got two goals in and won. The whole second half was a battle and was never completely over until the final whistle blew. Although we lost, it was still a well-played game and a learning experience that will only better prepare for upcoming games and especially conference matches that are only a few weeks away.
One thing Coach Harbin really wants us to improve on is playing a complete game as consistently as possible. Something we have found to help us a bit is to break up the game into six 15-minute periods, three in the first half and three in the second, and to try and win each one. This will be an important piece of our games the remainder of the season.
After a fun away weekend, we are now 4-1-1 and plan on continuing to improve this coming weekend when we play at Kennesaw State and cross-town opponent Samford (which is being played Sunday night at 6 p.m. at Samford, we would love support!). As another week rolls around, we plan on working out some of the kinks. I also look forward to writing again next week to update on what I hope and plan to be a couple more UAB victories! Thanks for reading and hope you all have a great week. See you again next week and GO BLAZERS!