Oct. 13, 2007
BIRMINGHAM, ALA. - Florida International's Juan Guerra scored two goals, including the game winner in the second overtime with just over a minute left, to lift the Golden Panthers to a 2-1 victory over UAB Saturday afternoon at West Campus Field. The Blazers continue to fight injuries, as leading scorer Dejan Jakovic missed his second consecutive contest, and UAB finished without seven starters on the field.
"We are just so beat up," UAB head coach Mike Getman said. "We finished without seven starters and just don't have enough players. I thought we played extremely well for the first 80 minutes and thought we deserved to win. We definitely need to finish better. Whenever you don't put a team away like we had the chance to, bad things usually happen."
The Blazers lead throughout the entire game and controlled play outshooting FIU 11-6 through the opening 90 minutes. UAB's Trey Gregory put his team on the board in the 29th minute. Gregory's first goal of the season came after he received a throw in from junior Frank Brown and flicked a header over FIU's goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
The Blazers had several terrific scoring opportunities, but was unable to increase their lead. Guerra took advantage of the opportunity when he knotted the game at one in the 82nd minute. UAB starting defender Curtis Ushedo was injured and left the game, leaving UAB a man short in the back. Guerra beat Ushedo's replacement and hit a shot into the lower left corner to even the game.
From that point on, the Golden Panthers took control outshooting the Blazers 6-0 in both overtime periods. Guerra's game-winning goal came with just over a minute remaining in the second overtime.
"We came out and played well and confident," Getman said. "We've played well enough to win every game and felt confidence going into every game."
UAB next takes on nationally-ranked SMU in Dallas, Texas, on Wednesday, October 17. The game will be televised on tape delay on CSTV.