Sept. 23, 2007
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Despite having an 11-7 shots advantage, the UAB men's soccer team could not capitalize, falling 1-0 to Jacksonville on Sunday afternoon at West Campus Field. The Dolphins scored the game-winning goal with four minutes remaining in regulation on their lone shot on goal in the final 45 minutes.
"Our guys are just so tired," UAB head coach Mike Getman said. "We are coming off a very physical game at Indiana and a nine-hour bus trip on Saturday to get ready to play Jacksonville. I thought our guys gave a good effort and created plenty of scoring opportunities. We just could not take advantage of that, but I felt we played well enough to win this game."
The Blazers (5-3) played almost the entire contest without leading scorer Dejan Jakovic, who went down with an injury five minutes into the game. Jakovic, a MAC Hermann Trophy candidate, scored both of the Blazers' goals in the 2-1 upset win at No. 10 Indiana last Friday night.
UAB's best scoring chance came midway through the second half when junior midfielder Derek Rios broke free after a through ball from freshman Kevin Sawchak. Rios then broke free and chipped the ball towards the goal, but JU goalkeeper Joey Sanchez managed to get his finger tips on the ball to deflect away. Rios then had another opportunity to finish, but his second shot went just wide of the net.
The Dolphins broke through in the 86th minute off a set piece from the right side of the field Jacksonville's Phillipp Meyner took the free kick which found the head of the team's leading scorer Anton Axelsson, who then finished it into the lower right side of the net.
The loss snaps UAB's five-game win streak and marked the marked the second time this year the Blazers have been shut out.
UAB will return to action when it opens league play on Saturday, Sept. 29, when the Blazers host the South Carolina Gamecocks. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
UAB students who come to the game and present a valid student ID at the gate will receive free food and a t-shirt.