Oct. 11, 2011
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The UAB men's soccer team will play its final non-conference game of the 2011 season when it hosts the American Eagles on Wednesday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at West Campus Field.
The Blazers enter the contest ranked No. 4 in the midwest region according to the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) rankings, which were released on Monday. UAB boasts an overall record of 6-3-2 on the season, most recently capturing a 3-2 win at Conference USA rival Kentucky last Saturday night. The win snapped a three-game losing streak.
Leading the way for the UAB offense is senior forward Babayele Sodade, who tops the team in goals (7), assists (4) and points (18). The Windsor, Ontario native also has team highs in shots (28) and shots on goal (15). Freshman Diego Navarrete and junior Mladen Lemez rank second on the team with four goals apiece.
Defensively, senior goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski has played all but 20 minutes in the net for the Blazers on the season. He ranks among the league leaders in total saves (51) and saves per game (4.6). The Columbus, Ind. native, and two-time C-USA Defensive Player of the Week, owns a goals against average (GAA) of 1.15 on the season.
American comes into Wednesday's contest sporting a record of 5-7-1 on the season, but is a perfect 3-0 in Patriot League play. The Eagles started the season with only one win over their first eight contests, but have now won four of their last five matches.
Goalkeeper Matt Makowski has played the majority of minutes in the net for American, allowing 20 goals while making 52 saves for a 1.67 GAA.
The Blazers and Eagles will meet for a second consecutive season. The two teams played to a scoreless tie a year ago in Washington, D.C. Wednesday's contest will mark the second meeting between the two schools on the pitch.
Admission is free to all UAB students with a valid ID. Students are encouraged to attend a pregame tailgate with free food and drinks beginning approximately 60 minutes prior to the start of the match.
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