Oct. 8, 2011
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Senior forward Babayele Sodade recorded a goal and an assist and sophomore midfielder Moses Adeniran had two assists to lead the UAB men's soccer team to a narrow 3-2 victory over Kentucky here Saturday night. The victory gives the Blazers (6-3-2, 1-1 C-USA) their first Conference USA win on the year, while it also snapped a three-game losing streak.
"Overall, I thought we had a very good performance," UAB head coach Mike Getman said. "We played terrific for about 75 minutes against a really talented Kentucky team. But then we made one mistake and gave up a goal, which gave them some confidence and made it a little too exciting down the stretch. In the end, we scored three goals on the road against a good team and you can't really ask for a whole lot more than that, so I am pleased with this win."
The game started off as a defensive battle as UAB scored the only goal in the opening 45 minutes, which came at the 19:49 mark off a header by junior Mladen Lemez. The tally was set up when Sodade played a ball to Adeniran who then chipped the ball to an open Lemez on the backpost. Lemez then calmly headed the ball past a diving Tyler Beadle to give UAB the 1-0 lead. It marked the Sarajevo, Bosnia native's fourth goal of the year, which is tied for the second-most on the team.
The score would remain the same until the 59th minute. From that point on, over the final 31-plus minutes of regulation, the two teams combined to score four goals turning a defensive struggle into an offensive showcase.
Sodade began the onslaught with a goal at the 58:16 mark when Adeniran stole the ball and immediately played it to Sodade. The Windsor, Ontario native then dribbled into the side of the 18-yard box and fired a low shot just inside the back post. It was Sodade's team-leading seventh marker of the year. He also leads the squad in assists (4) and points (18).
Just under two minutes later, at the 60:06 mark, it was junior Reed Matte's turn as he took advantage of another Kentucky mistake in its final third when he picked off a pass and ripped a shot past the UK goalkeeper. Matte collected his second goal of the season, both of which were game-winning scores.
But just when it looked as if UAB was going to run away with it, the Wildcats came storming back. Brendan Murphy finally put the Wildcats on the board when he found the back of the net at the 66:36 mark to cut the lead to 3-1.
UK (7-7-1, 0-4) would cut the UAB advantage it to 3-2 in the 84th minute when Riggs scored his 10th goal of the season with a rebound off a corner kick. But the Blazers would stifle the Wildcats the rest of the way to hold on for the win.
Despite facing an onslaught of shots, including being outshot 20-10 for the game and 10-1 over the final 25 minutes, UAB goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski was strong in the net. The senior captain made six saves and interrupted numerous crosses to preserve the victory.
In addition to the advantage in shots, the Wildcats also owned a 10-3 edge in corner kicks.
The Blazers return home to begin a big three-game homestand with a pair of contests in the upcoming week. UAB will first play its final non-conference match of the year when it hosts American University on Wednesday night. The Blazers will then welcome No. 8 UCF on Saturday. Both contests are set to kick off at 7 p.m. CT at West Campus Field.