BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB men's soccer team will open up the 2014 season on Friday night against Memphis. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT at West Campus Field.
Season-Opening Success The Green and Gold own a 20-13-2 (.600) record in season-opening matches in their 35-year history as a NCAA Division I program. Under head coach Mike Getman, UAB sports a 15-5-2 (.727) mark.
UAB has won its last three season openers, its longest stretch since 2004-06. In 2013, the Blazers opened the year with a 4-0 victory at No. 24 VCU, marking the second time in school history that the team opened the season with a win over a nationally ranked club.
There's No Place Like Home Friday's contest against Memphis marks the team's first match of the season at West Campus Field. UAB owns a 25-8-2 mark in its home openers in the program's 35-year history.
Currently, the squad owns a four-game winning streak in home opener, having not lost its first match of the year at West Campus Field since 2009. Last season, UAB opened the year at West Campus Field in front of a record 3,205 people, defeating 2012 national champion Indiana, 2-1, in overtime.
Exhibition Play The UAB men's soccer team prepared for the 2014 season with three exhibition matches prior to the season opener. UAB faced Clemson on the road on Saturday, Aug. 16, then hosted AUM on Tuesday, Aug. 19 and Lipscomb on Saturday, Aug. 23.
In its first exhibition match, UAB suffered a 2-0 setback at Clemson, despite outshooting its opponents, 18-5. UAB hosted its first exhibition against AUM, losing 4-3 to the 2013 NAIA national runner up. The team closed exhibition play with a 5-3 win against Lipscomb at West Campus Field.
Sophomore forward Rami Dajani led the squad in scoring in preseason action with six points on three goals. Senior defender Darion Copeland recorded five points on two goals and an assist, while redshirt senior midfielder Alex Clay tallied three points on one goal and a helper.
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