Sophomore Darion Copeland scored his first goal of the season in the 2-1 loss to Kentucky.
Oct. 13, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Kentucky scored a pair of second half goals to stun No. 25 UAB, 2-1, in men's soccer action Saturday night at West Campus Field.
The Blazers outshot the Wildcats, 13-8, on the night but could not take advantage of the opportunities.
"I thought we gave away a game that we were in control of and should have won comfortably," UAB head coach Mike Getman said. "In the first half, we had a lot of chances we didn't finish, so we didn't put the game away like we should have. In the second half, they played well and controlled the flow. But in reality, we made two defensive mistakes and they were able to capitalize."
UAB began the game with several quality scoring chances, including a header by redshirt freshman Karl Chester which struck the crossbar.
The hard work paid off in the 12th minute as Darion Copeland collected his first goal of the year and second of his career.
The goal came by way of a fortunate bounce as Copeland headed a loose ball over the Kentucky goalkeeper's head and into the back of the net from six yards out, giving the Blazers an early 1-0 lead.
The Blazers opened by taking seven of the game's first eight shots, but failed to score more than just the one goal.
Kentucky picked up its pace in the second half and finally broke through at the 67:09 mark on a goal by Charles Pettys, which was assisted by Jacob Kemper, to even things at 1-1.
UAB looked as if it caught a break when UK's Dylan Murphy was whistled for a straight red card after a reckless challenge with just under 14 minutes remaining, forcing the Wildcats to play a man short.
But Kentucky's Caleb Richardson drew a penalty kick at the 83:35 mark, which was converted by Matt Lodge, resulting in the final score.
The Blazers mustered a couple of chances as time was running out, but could not find the equalizer.
Saturday night's contest was the first of a three-game homestand, which will continue with a Tuesday night match-up vs. Tulsa.
"Every game in this conference is big," Getman said. "I told the team we have a few moments to feel sorry for ourselves then we have to pick ourselves up and get ready to play Tuesday."
Kickoff between the Blazers and Golden Hurricane is slated for 7 p.m. at West Campus Field.