Oct. 5, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The UAB men’s soccer team will play its first Conference USA road match of the season on Saturday night when it travels to Miami, Fla. to take on the FIU Golden Panthers. The teams are set to kick off at 6 p.m. CT (7 p.m. ET).
The Blazers enter the contest sporting a 5-3-2 record on the year, which includes a win over then-No. 20 Washington and a draw at then-No. 3 Charlotte. UAB will be looking for its first C-USA win of the season, following a 1-0 home loss to No. 25 SMU last Saturday night on the strength of a penalty kick in the 59th minute. The Blazers outshot the Mustangs, 21-10, in the match, but could not find the back of the net.
UAB is led by senior forward Kofi Gyawu, who tops the squad in goals (4), points (10), shots (28) and shots on goal (16). He is also tied for the team lead in assists (2) and game-winning goals (1). Freshman Freddy Ruiz has scored three goals on the year, all of which have come over the past three games.
The Blazers’ back line, anchored by seniors Mladen Lemez and Reed Matte, have held the opposition to only nine goals in the 10 contests on the year. Junior goalkeeper Raphael Ville owns a 0.85 goals against average, which ranks second in C-USA.
FIU enters the match on Saturday with an overall record of 6-2-2 on the season. Like the Blazers, the Golden Panthers are looking for their first league win, owning a 0-1-1 in conference action. Most recently, FIU dropped a 1-0 decision at UCF this past Wednesday. Saturday night’s contest against UAB will be just the third game this season in which FIU will play on its home pitch.
Freshman goalkeeper Robin Speigel has played all but 10 minutes in the goal for the Golden Panthers this season. He enters the contest against UAB 0.86 goals against average, making 33 saves on the year.