Nov. 3, 2007
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -Freshman Anthony King scored a goal in the second overtime to lift the UAB men's soccer team to a crucial 1-0 victory over Memphis on Saturday afternoon at West Campus Field. King's goal in the 104th minute was his third marker of the year and improved the Blazers to 7-9-1 overall and 2-5 in Conference USA play.
The Blazers' Senior Day victory was not only crucial in terms of overall record, but also moved them one step closer to solidifying a spot in the C-USA Championship, hosted by UAB on November 14-18.
"This was a big win over a regionally-ranked opponent," UAB head coach Mike Getman said. "It moved us closer to clinching a spot in the tournament and keeps us in contention. This was our second straight win when we have had all our starters on the field. I think in this case the numbers don't lie."
All UAB needs to earn a spot in the league championship is a UCF loss or tie in one of its final two games this season.
King's game winner occurred after he received a pass and beat his defender along the right side of the field. He then set up a shot for his left foot, which beat Memphis goalkeeper Tyler Strom to the lower right side. At that point, the celebration was on. After celebrating briefly with teammates on the field, King sprinted towards the sideline to celebrate with UAB's lone senior Joe Klosterman, who was forced to miss the game due to a card suspension.
Despite missing Klosterman, the team captain, the Blazer defense played impressively against one of the top-scoring teams in the league.
"We played well defensively," Getman said. "Joe is one of our leaders and a great player, and we missed him in the back, but I thought our young players played terrific."
Memphis and UAB each had 11 shots in the contest; however, the Blazers had better scoring opportunities. In the opening minutes of the contest, freshman Kevin Sawchak received a pass from junior Frank Brown and hit a shot, which bounced off the post.
In the waning minutes, junior Carlo Schiavoni
blistered a shot from 25-yards out, which caromed off the crossbar and was cleared away by the Memphis defense.
The Tigers' best chance occurred towards the end of the contest when Kevin Walsh's header off a corner kick was cleared away off the line by Schiavoni. UAB goalkeeper Wes Johnson, who finished the game with five saves, made an incredible diving save midway through the opening half to keep the game scoreless.
The Blazers will next be in action when they travel to face No. 7 Tulsa on Friday, November 9 beginning at 7:05 p.m. CT.
"Tulsa is a great team, but at the same time, we have played a lot of good teams this season," Getman said. "There is a lot of good things going on, and we are truly peaking at the right time."