Aug. 16, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Five different players found the back of the net to lead the No. 21 UAB men's soccer team past instate foe Montevallo, 5-2, in men's soccer action Thursday night at West Campus Field.
Junior Moses Adeniran and freshman Ian Svantesson each contributed with a pair of assists, while junior Chase Wickham added a goal and an assist, as the Blazers remain unbeaten in exhibition play (1-0-1).
"We aren't where we want to be just yet and tonight I thought our performance was just so-so, but I do think we are heading in the right direction," UAB head coach Mike Getman said. "I thought we had a pretty good performance against Louisville (this past) Saturday. We are a little bit of a tired team and not as sharp as I would like us to be. We scored a lot of goals tonight, had a lot of the possession and took a step toward getting better."
Sophomore forward Diego Navarrete opened the UAB scoring at the 24:31 mark when he headed in shot from six yards out to give his team a one-goal lead. The tally was set up from a free kick taken by Adeniran, who sent a long ball to the head of Wickham. Wickham was able to get his head on the ball and pop it up to Navarrete, who then finished it into the side netting.
Just under three minutes later, at the 27:14 mark, UAB's Mladen Lemez drilled a free kick from 25 yards out to give the Blazers a 2-0 lead. It was Lemez's second goal in two exhibition games, both of which have come from direct kicks.
UAB wasted no time adding to its lead after the intermission, when Atak Yai
scored into an empty net for a three-goal cushion. The marker was set up by Karl Chester
, who beat his defender, which created a 2-on-1 breakaway with the Montevallo goalkeeper. Chester made the Falcons keeper commit, then slotted a pass to a wide-open Yai, who deposited his shot into the lower right corner.
The Blazers tacked on another goal at the 57:33 mark when \Wickham etched his name in the scoring column. The goal was set up by Svantesson, who sent Wickham down the sideline on a long run. Wickham took the ball towards goal and looked as if he had nowhere to go, but slipped a shot over the keeper's head from a near impossible angle and into the far side-netting for a 4-0 UAB lead.
The Falcons would finally get on the board just over two minutes later, at the 59:55 mark, when midfielder Giuliano Frano stole a pass and beat UAB goalkeeper Hunter Weber to cut the UAB lead to 4-1.
Frano would score another goal; however, the Blazers ended any hope of a Falcon comeback when sophomore Ian Michalak scored on a point-blank shot off a corner kick in the 77th minute to result in the final score.
UAB controlled play throughout and ended the game with a 15-8 edge in shots, including a 10-5 shots-on-goal advantage.
The Blazers will return to the pitch on Saturday when they host head coach Dave Giffard and the VCU Rams at 7 p.m. at West Campus Field. Giffard, who is entering his second season at VCU, was an assistant coach under Getman for five seasons (2000-04).