Oct. 20, 2007
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. ----- Marshall's Dana Heimbecker recorded his second goal of the season in the final seconds of regulation to defeat UAB, 1-0, Saturday evening at Sam Hood Field. The Blazers had several good chances to score, but continue to struggle to find the back of the net.
"I thought we were solid in the defense, but played just average in the midfield and up front," UAB head coach Mike Getman said. "I felt like we had some chances, but left Marshall in the game long enough and when that happens, it usually works against you."
UAB continues to struggle with injuries and has missed as many as eight starters this season. Because of the injury situation, UAB has been forced to go with a young and inexperienced lineup consisting of as many as seven starting freshman.
"This has been a tough situation for our team," Getman said. "We have had a hard time adjusting to losing Two-Boys (Gumede), Dejan (Jakovic) and Frank (Brown) for a long amount of time this season. We are struggling emotionally and physically right now. At the same time, it is no excuse and we have to keep working hard to find a way to win."
The Blazers' (5-8-1, 0-5 C-USA) one-goal defeat marked the seventh time in their eight losses that UAB has dropped a one-goal decision. The Green and Gold is now 2-7 on the campaign in one-goal results.
The Herd's (8-5-1, 2-2) goal came with just 34 seconds remaining in the match, as senior Avneet Shergill's pass led Heimbecker to a one-on-one with the UAB goalkeeper Wes Johnson. Heimbecker dribbled around Johnson and scored into the open net.
UAB had two terrific scoring chances late in the second half. The first would have given the Blazers a lead, but a shot, which beat the Marshall goalkeeper and was going into the back of the net, was blocked by a Thundering Herd defender and cleared away.
The Blazers had one last opportunity, earning a corner kick in the final 20 seconds. However, after an attempt for the tying goal sailed wide left, the game was over.
A bright spot for the Blazers was the return of junior MAC Hermann Trophy candidate Dejan Jakovic, who has missed the previous three games and four of the last six with an injury. Jakovic came off the bench and played 50 minutes.
"Getting Dejan back is great," Getman said. "It was obvious that he has been out of the lineup the last month, but still made some great runs and showed the type of player he can be. It is nice to have him back in the lineup.
"We still feel like there is a lot left to accomplish with this team," Getman continued. "We have goals of winning the conference championship and it is something we can definitely do. We need to get healthy, find a way to win a few games and get into a rhythm and we will be fine."
The Blazers will attempt to return to the winning side of things when they step out of conference play for the final time this season with a match-up at Alabama A&M on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m.