Nov. 9, 2012
"Both teams played well enough to win this match," head coach Mike Getman said. "Both teams had lots of changes. We banged a couple off the post, had a few that we thought were in that somehow were not. It was two very good teams playing a great game of soccer. For the fans, I think it was a good exhibition of what soccer can be, unfortunately it didn't go our way in the end."
After a scoreless first half, sixth-seeded UAB (10-7-2, 4-4 C-USA) was narrowly edged by No. 2 seed Tulsa (12-5-1, 5-2-1) in shot attempts, 8-7. In the second 45 minutes of action, junior goalkeeper Raphael Ville was key in keeping the Golden Hurricane out of the net. Ville recorded six saves, including a leaping deflection with his left foot midway through the period. Ville totaled eight saves on the night.
"We had a couple chances where we got behind (Tulsa's) defense and we were in on goal," Getman said. "Either their keeper made a nice save or we hit a post. Both teams attacked pretty well and it was really back and forth."
Tulsa scored the lone goal of the game in the 107th minute when senior forward Jon Wright hit UAB's attempt to clear the ball into the back of the net.
"I thought our guys battled all the way through and they did everything we asked them to do," Getman continued. "For playing in back-to-back games and playing against a team that was fully rested, I thought our guys just worked as hard as they possibly could."
The Blazers will learn their postseason fate on Monday, when the NCAA announces the 2012 College Cup bracket. The Men's Soccer Selection Show will air at 5:30 p.m. CT on NCAA.com.