Blazers-49ers Set To Square Off In NCAA Tournament

Chase Wickham and the Blazers will face Charlotte on Thursday.

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Nov. 14, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--The UAB men's soccer team will begin play in the 2012 NCAA Tournament Thursday when the Blazers take on No. 18 Charlotte in first round action. Gametime at Transamerica Field in Charlotte, N.C. is set for 6:00 p.m. CT.

The two squads met earlier this season (Aug. 31) at Charlotte, battling to a 1-1 tie.

UAB's bid marks the squad's sixth trip to the tournament in the last 14 years, and seventh time overall. The Blazers last made consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances when they made three in a row from 1999-2001.

The Last Meeting
August 31, 2012
Charlotte, N.C.
No. 16 UAB and No. 3 Charlotte Settle For 1-1 Tie
UAB senior forward Kofi Gyawu scored his third goal in as many games to help the 16th-ranked men's soccer team to a 1-1 tie at No. 3 Charlotte on Friday night in front of 1,775 fans at Transamerica Field.

In 2011, UAB played host to Charlotte in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at West Campus Field, where the 49ers won 3-1. The 49ers went on to advance to the NCAA College Cup in Hoover, Ala., falling to North Carolina in the championship game.

UAB hosted the 2012 Conference USA Men's Soccer Championship last week at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala. Renions Park will also be the site of 2012 NCAA College Cup, Dec. 7-9.

The Blazers opened their C-USA quarterfinal game with midfielder Chase Wickham netting a pair of first-half goals in the 3-1 victory over UCF. Forward Diego Navarrette scored in the 52nd minute for his first goal of the season.

On Friday, UAB faced off against Tulsa in a defensive standoff that was tied at 0-0 at the end of regulation. Keeper Raphael Ville made eight saves on the night, including a leaping deflection with his left foot early in the second half to preserve the tie. Tulsa ultimately took the win, scoring the golden goal in the 107th minute.

The 49ers enter Thursday night's match after posting a 1-1 record at the Atlantic 10 Tournament, which the team also hosted. Charlotte defeated Duquesne 2-1 with goals scored by senior midfielder Jennings Rex and junior midfielder Tyler Gibson.

In the semifinal match, the 49ers were shut out by VCU, 1-0. Rex leads the team with nine goals scored while sophomore forward Giuseppe Gentile leads the team with 23 total points, 75 shots, and 39 shots on goal.

The winner of the first round matchup will face No. 3-seed Georgetown in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at North Kehoe Field in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. ET.