Junior Caitlin Marple tallied three shots in UAB's season opener against Mercer.
Aug. 31, 2007
MACON, Ga. - The UAB women's soccer team battled 110 minutes with the Mercer Bears, ending in a double-overtime, 0-0 tie in the first day of the LQ Cup tournament at Bear Field in Macon, Ga. The Blazers outshot the Bears, 20-6, but neither squad could put it in the back of the net to finish it off and grab the victory.
In the first 45 minutes of play, just five shots were taken, including four by UAB and one by Mercer. During the second half, the Blazers recorded an additional 12 shots, while the Bears tallied three shots.
The defensive struggled continued into two overtime periods. UAB added two shots in each of the two overtime sessions, while Mercer added one in each overtime.
"I thought we played pretty average in the first half," said UAB head coach Paul Harbin. "We did not produce a whole lot in the first half. We had four shots on goal, but held Mercer to just one.
"We turned it up in the second half and took 12 shots, and also two in each overtime. We had some good opportunities, but a couple crossbars and some just off the line, along with some good saves by their goalkeeper, prevented us from getting it in the back of the net.
Senior Jill Porto led the Blazers in shots with six, including three on goal. Senior Sally Palmer and junior Caitlin Marple followed with three each, while sophomores Allison Auchter and Danya Barsalona and freshman Justin Hartigan had two a piece.
Mercer's six shots on the night were courtesy of six different players, with Courtney Maxey, Meghan Castaldo and Erin Theobald contributing one shot on goal each.
"We need to take care of the games early. I was fairly please that we dominated in shots, but just could not find a way to put it away. Hopefully, we can learn from that and move forward from today."
UAB will conclude its play in the LQ Cup on Sunday when the Blazers take on Georgia State at 12:30 p.m. ET at Bear Field.