No. 21 UAB Ties No. 7 Louisville, 1-1, Sunday Night

Senior Mladen Lemez scores on this strike - a direct kick from 25 yards out - in the 1-1 tie vs. No. 7 Louisville.

Aug. 12, 2012

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The No. 21 UAB men's soccer team opened the 2012 campaign with a 1-1 tie vs. No. 7 Louisville on Sunday night at West Campus Field. The contest was played in front of a nearly packed house as 1,751 fans enjoyed the first sporting event of the 2012-13 Blazers' athletics season.

"I was pretty pleased with our team," UAB head coach Mike Getman said. "I thought the first 15-20 minutes they controlled the game, but we did a good job on defense. After that, I thought we really figured it out and played well the rest of the game. We got a little tired and shuffled some new people in there which caused things to get disjointed, but still I thought everyone played well.

"The fans were tremendous tonight," Getman continued. "We had a terrific crowd for the soccer clinic prior to the game and it was great to see this type of support."

The Blazers struck first at the 31:42 mark when senior defender Mladen Lemez took a direct free kick from 25 yards out. His low shot deflected off a Louisville defender and went into the side netting for the one-goal lead.

The score would stay the same until the 70:33 mark when the Cardinals would draw even. The U of L goal was scored by Zach Foxhoven after a nice build up. The play began when Andrew Farrell took a pass and dribbled up the sideline. He sent a low cross which Foxhoven one-timed into the back of the net from six yards out.

The teams decided to finish the game by going directly to a penalty kick shootout after regulation time ended, which the Cardinals edged the Blazers, 4-3.

Louisville outshot UAB 13-7, but UAB had a 6-5 edge in corner kicks.

Blazer goalkeeper Raphael Ville started and played the first half, making a pair of nice saves. Joe Kuzminsky (30:01) and Alex Renner (14:59) split time in the net in the second half.

The Blazers will host two more exhibition games on the week. On Thursday, UAB will host instate foe Montevallo, while VCU will invade West Campus Field on Saturday. Both contests are set to kick off at 7 p.m.

"We've done almost no work on attacking play," Getman said. "The next few days we will really focus on that. By the end of these last two games, we'll have our attack a little more coordinated and organized. These last two exhibition games will be a tough task and will make us better as we enter regular season play."