Oct. 29, 2011
BIRMNGHAM, Ala. -
The No. 25 UAB men's soccer team outshot FIU, 24-9, but could not find the back of the net as the teams settled for a 0-0 draw on Senior Night at West Campus Field on Saturday.
"I was disappointed with the final result," UAB head coach Mike Getman said. "Certainly when you have 24 shots, you expect to score a goal or two. Their keeper was outstanding and made a lot of terrific saves. I thought we did a lot of what we wanted to do, but we just couldn't find the back of the net tonight."
The contest was the final regular season home match for UAB's six seniors, Babayele Sodade, Joshua Stewart, Tucker Stone, Ken Tabata, Chris Williams and Carl Woszczynski.
"We certainly came here to win the match for our seniors," Getman said. "I thought the way we played we had every opportunity to do just that. But this senior class has worked incredibly hard and they are a big reason why we are battling for a championship right now. The leadership they have shown has been outstanding and I couldn't be more proud of them."
Despite the draw, the Blazers stretch their unbeaten games streak to seven (6-0-1) and move to 11-3-3 on the season. More importantly, with league co-leaders South Carolina idle tonight, UAB moves into sole possession of first place in the conference standings with 16 points (5-1-1).
The Blazers had four outstanding chances to earn a victory. The best chance came in the second overtime when an FIU defender was whistled for a foul in the 18-yard box, setting up a UAB penalty kick. However, senior forward Babayele Sodade's PK was saved by goalkeeper Eric Reyes to keep the game scoreless.
Reyes played outstanding in the net for the Golden Panthers, making eight saves, several of them being terrific diving stops. One of those saves came off the foot of freshman Diego Naveratte late in the first half. Navarette, who led the Blazers with five shots, ripped a shot that looked destined to reach the upper 90. However, Reyes made an airborne save to preserve the shutout.
FIU's (4-8-4, 1-5-2) best opportunity of the night came in the first overtime, when Colby Burdette hit a header that UAB goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski had make a quick stop to prevent it from finding the back of the net.
The Blazers will close out regular season play next Friday night when they travel to Tulsa, Okla. where they will take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Kickoff is sett for 7 p.m.