Oct. 9, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - On the strength of a 4-1-1 record over the last six matches, the UAB men's soccer team jumped back into the national rankings on Tuesday, rising to No. 25 in the nation according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) top-25 poll.
The Blazers (6-3-2, 1-1) will put that ranking to the test on Wednesday night, when they travel to square off at South Carolina in a Conference USA match-up. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CT (7 p.m. ET).
Over its past six contests, which has included wins at Clemson and vs. then-No. 20 Washington, UAB has outscored the competition 11-4.
Wednesday night's showdown will be a tough task for the Blazers, as South Carolina (4-5-2, 1-2-1) is currently riding a two-game unbeaten streak in league play. Most recently, the Gamecocks captured a 2-1 win vs. UCF this past Sunday. The contest against UAB will mark the Gamecocks' finale of a three-game homestand.
The Blazers continue to be led by senior forward Kofi Gyawu, who tops the team in goals (4), assists (3), points (11), shots (30) and shots on goal (16). Senior Mladen Lemez and junior Chase Wickham have each scored three goals on the year.
Defensively, junior goalkeeper Raphael Ville has recorded three shutouts, all of which have come over the last six games. He ranks third in C-USA with a 0.86 goals against average and has made 42 saves on the year.
The Blazers will be looking for their first win at South Carolina, holding an 0-2-1 all-time record at Stone Stadium.