Sept. 16, 2007
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- Junior Frank Brown scored the game-winning goal 4:22 into the first overtime to lead the UAB men's soccer team to a 1-0 win over Mercer, capturing the 2007 UAB Classic championship. The title marked the first time UAB won their event since the 2004 campaign.
"It feels really good to get the championship back to Birmingham," UAB head coach Mike Getman said. "It's been a long time, too long. I thought we played very well and I was really pleased with our performance. I felt we attacked well and created some good scoring chances. Defensively, I felt we limited them to only a few chances. I think Mercer is a solid team and will have success this year, so I am happy with this result."
The Blazers controlled the play throughout most of the game, outshooting the Bears, 15-4, and holding a 12-1 advantage on corner kicks.
Despite the advantage on shots, UAB didn't break through until its first shot in the overtime period. Brown, who led the Blazers with four shots on the afternoon, took a rebound off a miscleared ball by the Mercer defense, and drilled a shot into the lower left corner for the victory. It was his second game-winning goal in as many days and his fourth goal of the season.
Sophomore goalkeeper Wes Johnson recorded his third, and team's fourth consecutive shutout in the victory. He also ran his streak of consecutive minutes without allowing a goal to 373.
For his efforts, Brown was named the Classic's Most Valuable Player. He was joined by the Blazers' Johnson, Dejan Jakovic and Trey Gregory on the All-Tournament team.
UAB will next be in action when the travel to Bloomington, Ind. To take on one of the top team's in college soccer, the Indiana Hoosiers, on Friday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. ET.