Sept. 9, 2007
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- The UAB men's soccer team used the strength of four first-half goals, en route to a 4-0 victory over Centenary on Sunday afternoon. The win marked the Blazers' second consecutive shutout victory, outscoring their opponents by a count of 7-0 during the two-game stretch.
"It's been a good week for us," UAB head coach Mike Getman said. "We got two victories and I felt our guys played well. I think we are starting to figure it out offensively and defensively. I am very pleased with our performance this afternoon."
The Blazers wasted no time getting on the scoreboard when junior Frank Brown scored his second goal of the season at the 7:03 mark. Defender Jonah Stewart sent a cross from the left side of the field, which found the head of Brown. The Preston, England native then deposited a header into the back of the net for the one-goal lead.
Just under a minute later, UAB made it a two-goal lead when junior MAC Hermann Trophy candidate Dejan Jakovic scored his second goal in as many games. Jakovic received a pass from junior midfielder Derek Rios, beat a defender and deposited the ball into the back of the net.
Two UAB freshmen closed the scoring, as Michal Mravec and Anthony King each tallied a goal. Mravec was the benefactor of some beautiful passing on the Blazer attack. Rios chipped a ball to Jakovic who was wide open in front of the net. However, instead of shooting, Jakovic made the extra pass to Mravec who deposited the ball into an empty net at the 30-minute mark.
King finished the scoring when he beat a defender and buried a shot into the back of the net at the 38:52 mark. It was King's second goal in as many games.
The four-goal cushion gave Getman a chance to play his younger players throughout the second half, something he was grateful for.
"I thought we created some good chances, got a comfortable lead and that gave me a chance to play some young players," Getman said. "Not only did we get two good results this weekend, but we were able to get a lot of our guys some action and that can only help us down the road."
The Blazers will next be in action when they host the annual UAB Classic on West Campus Field. Action starts on Friday at 5:30 p.m. when Mercer and Alabama A&M do battle. That will be followed by UAB and crosstown rival Birmingham-Southern at 8 p.m.
"Whenever we play Birmingham-Southern, it is always a good game," Getman said. "They always have a good team and it is never an easy game. It is a great rivalry and will be a big match. We are hoping to have an enthusiastic crowd to help us Friday night."
The Classic will conclude on Sunday, when Alabama A&M and BSC square off at noon, followed by UAB vs. Mercer at 2:30 p.m.