Free Kicks Lift UAB To 2-0 Victory Over American

Senior midfielder Chris Williams scored the game-winning goal in UAB's 2-0 win over American on Wednesday night.

Oct. 12, 2011

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Senior Chris Williams and sophomore Moses Adeniran each scored off free kicks to lead the UAB men's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over American on Wednesday night at West Campus Field. It was the final non-conference game for the Blazers, as they improve to 7-3-2 overall.

"I thought we played just okay in the first half," UAB head coach Mike Getman said. "We played much better in the second half and we were able to secure a win against a very good team. We were able to do everything we wanted to do in the second half. We moved the ball well and really got into a nice rhythm. All around, it was a very good day."

The Blazers struck first at the 31:53 mark when Williams recorded his second goal of the season. The Pearl, Miss. native ripped a low free kick from 35 yards out which found its way through a bunch of traffic in front of goal and ended up in the lower far corner to give UAB a 1-0 lead.

UAB's defense continued to stifle the Eagles holding AU (5-8-1) to only two shots in the opening 45 minutes, compared to eight shots for the Blazers.

Adeniran was able to seal the win in the 84th minute after American's goalkeeper was given a yellow card for an intentional hand ball outside of the 18-yard box. Adeniran took the free kick and bent it around the wall just inside the near post to result in the final score.

UAB goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski finished the contest with a pair of saves on the night to record his second shutout of the season. He only faced five shots from the Eagles, while the Blazers ripped 12 shots, four of which came on frame.

The Blazers will next be in action on Saturday when they play host to the sixth-ranked UCF Knights in a crucial Conference USA contest.

"We still have work to do on the practice field in terms of strategy and formulating a game plan," Getman said. "I don't know if we have to do a whole lot in terms of motivating the guys. When the No. 6 team in the nation comes to your home field, you better be ready to play."

UAB and UCF will kick off Saturday night at 7 p.m. CT.