Oct. 6, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Senior Mladen Lemez and junior Chase Wickham each found the back of the net to lead the UAB men's soccer team to a 2-1 Conference USA road win at FIU on Saturday night.
"Our guys played a great game tonight," UAB head coach Mike Getman said. "We controlled the play early and got the two-goal lead. Give FIU credit they scored an incredible goal to get back in the match. Their keeper was also very good tonight. We played well for 90 minutes and it will take a very good team to beat us when we play like this."
The Blazers, who are receiving votes to be ranked in the latest top-25 polls, earned their first league win to improve to 6-3-2 (1-1 C-USA) on the year, including a 4-1-1 record in their last six matches.
UAB struck first just under 10 minutes into the game when Wickham ripped a shot from the left side of the field which beat FIU goalkeeper Robin Spiegel into the far side to give his team a 1-0 lead at the 9:36 mark. The goal was assisted by senior Kofi Gyawu, who now leads the team in assists (3) to go along with goals (4) and points (11).
The Blazers extended their lead at the 56:59 mark when Mladen Lemez converted a penalty kick. It was the senior defender's third goal of the season.
However, FIU (6-3-2, 0-2-1) would not go down quietly. The Golden Panthers finally broke through in the 78th minute of play when Christopher Moffett scored to cut the UAB lead in half, 2-1.
But the Blazers' defense held strong and did not allow another FIU threat on their way to the victory.
Junior goalkeeper Raphael Ville finished the night with two saves en route to the win.
The Blazers will remain on the road for their next C-USA contest when they travel to Columbia, S.C. to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. CT (7 p.m. ET).